MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 I/O Board Data Cable Replacement

Replace the I/O Board Data Cable in your MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012.

Use this guide to replace the I/O board data cable.

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Two 2.3 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Two 2.3 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.

  • Gently pull the lower case case away from the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/3: The lower case is connected to the upper case at the center, with two plastic clips.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • The lower case is connected to the upper case at the center, with two plastic clips.

  • During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.

Edit Step 4 Battery Connector  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

Edit Step 4 Battery Connector  ¶ 

  • Remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the following screws securing the battery connector board to the logic board:

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the battery connector board to the logic board:

    • Two 2.8 mm T6 Torx screws

    • One 7.0 mm T7 Torx shouldered screw

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use tweezers to remove the small plastic cover located near the bottom right of the battery connector board.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Use tweezers to remove the small plastic cover located near the bottom right of the battery connector board.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the wide head 6.4 mm T6 Torx screw securing the battery connector to the logic board assembly.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the wide head 6.4 mm T6 Torx screw securing the battery connector to the logic board assembly.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Carefully lift the battery connector board up off the logic board.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the battery connector board up off the logic board.

  • It is recommended to bend the battery cables just slightly, to keep the board suspended up above the logic board and out of the way.

  • Do not fold the board completely over, or crease the cables, as this may damage the battery.

Edit Step 9 Battery Contact Board  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Grasp the battery contact board with tweezers.

Edit Step 9 Battery Contact Board  ¶ 

  • Grasp the battery contact board with tweezers.

  • Lift the battery contact board up off the logic board and remove it.

  • Removing this board will ensure that the battery remains disconnected throughout your repair, preventing your computer from accidentally powering on. It's also a good idea to take it out so it doesn't fall out unexpectedly.

Edit Step 10 I/O Board Data Cable  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right side of the I/O board data cable connector up off its socket on the I/O board.

Edit Step 10 I/O Board Data Cable  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right side of the I/O board data cable connector up off its socket on the I/O board.

  • When prying the I/O board data cable connector from its socket, make sure to pry the connector itself and not the socket. Prying the socket may cause irreversible damage to the I/O board.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Wedge the flat end of a spudger beneath the left side of the I/O board data cable connector.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger beneath the left side of the I/O board data cable connector.

  • Gently twist the spudger to disconnect the I/O board data cable connector from its socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Lift and remove the I/O board data cable from the MacBook Pro.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the I/O board data cable from the MacBook Pro.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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