Use this guide to replace a broken AirPort/Bluetooth board.

  1. Remove the following ten screws:
    • Remove the following ten screws:

      • Three 14.4 mm Phillips #00 screws

      • Three 3.5 mm Phillips #00 screws

      • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips #00 screws

      • When replacing the small screws, align them perpendicular to the slight curvature of the case (they don't go straight down).

  2. Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.
    • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

    • Remove the lower case.

    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.

    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

    • Carefully pull the camera cable out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board. Pulling it upward may damage the logic board or the cable itself.

    • Carefully move the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable out of the way as you peel the camera cable off the adhesive securing it to the subwoofer and the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

    • De-route the camera cable out from under the retaining finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the antenna connector closest to the logic board up from its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

    • De-route the antenna cable from under the finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

    • Using the method described in the last step, disconnect the remaining three antenna connectors.

    • De-route their cables from the slots cut in the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

    • Remove the following five screws:

      • Two 10.3 mm Phillips screws

      • Two 3.1 mm Phillips screws

      • One 5 mm Phillips screw

    • Pull the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly and the Subwoofer upward near the center of the side of the optical drive until they clear each other.

    • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly, minding the fragile antenna contact near the corner of the upper case.

    • Peel back the piece of EMI tape covering the AirPort/Bluetooth cable connector.

    • Use the tip of a spudger to lift the AirPort/Bluetooth cable connector out of its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

    • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth cable.

    • Continue peeling the EMI tape off the bottom of the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket and remove it from the assembly.

    • Remove the three 3 mm Phillips screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board to its bracket.

    • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth board from its bracket.

    • Be careful not to damage the pink thermal pad attached to the bracket.


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

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Just to say if you only need to replace the cable the from the main logic to the Airport card it is very simple after battery disconnect its just pry up logic board connector carefully then peel back tape at airport card and remove cable.

Thats all there is to the cable replacement and it fixed my No wifi hardware found and intermittent wifi which it would seem is a common fault As always a great guide thank you.

Keith - Reply

My macbook pro 13 2014 version wifi screen holder and the wifi card bluetooth cables are broken , so i went to repair it by my self and i bought the wrong full screen and the wifi card back to macbook pro 13 2010 version , it was shock so i would to know Can i change the wifi card cables and the screen adopted cable to the new cables of 2014 macbook pro 13 2014 version?

ahat2013 - Reply

what's the difference between the normal "phillips screws" and the "shouldered phillips screws"?

Daniel Rathlef - Reply

If you look closely with the screws (my eyes needed a magnifying glass) you will see that some of them have heads that are "stepped". hard to describe in words.

perasso -

I just completed this repair successfully thanks to an excellent instruction and some help from iFixit support due to an error I made. A couple of comments that might help someone else:

1) make sure in step 15 that you TURN THE BOARD OVER and remove the tape from the bottom of the board. I "continued" removing tape from the top and then got completely confused when I couldn't find the screws in the next step. Yeah, it was my mistake because i didn't read the instructions carefully.

2) In step 15, leave the tape attached at the end of the bracket. this will make it much easier to replace the tape when reassembling.

perasso - Reply

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