MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 AirPort Board Replacement

Replace the AirPort Board in your MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012.

Having connectivity issues? Use this guide to replace the AirPort board.

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro:

    • Eight 3.0 mm

    • Two 2.3 mm

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.

  • Set the lower case aside.

Edit Step 3 Battery Connector  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Battery Connector  ¶ 

  • Peel back the warning label covering the battery connector.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Using the flat end of a spudger, gently pry the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Bend the battery cables back and out of the way, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.

Edit Step 5 AirPort Board  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5 AirPort Board  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to detach the three antenna connectors up from their sockets on the AirPort board.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the AirPort board to the logic board.

  • Grasp the edges of the board and slide it out from its connector.

  • Lift and remove the AirPort board.

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

For more information, check out the MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 device page.

Required Tools

Spudger

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

T5 Torx Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

Recommended Tools

54 Bit Driver Kit

$24.95 · 50+ In stock

Magnetic Project Mat

$19.95 · 50+ In stock

Pro Tech Screwdriver Set

$59.95 · 50+ In stock

Anti-Static Project Tray

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

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Is the new AirPort AC card for the 2013 MacBook Pro Retina interchangeable? In other words, can I now upgrade to the new AirPort?

rbouch8828, · Reply

Yes, it works. I just bought an AirPort AC board from the late 2013 RMBP and installed in my mid 2012 model, and it works perfectly. Highly recommended upgrade.

Frederico, · Reply

Frederico, can you please share which part number you used to upgrade?

Thank you,

Jose

estradajoe,

Frederico, what was the part number for the ac card you bought and used. I'm interested in getting one as well.

Buggy, · Reply

Anyone has an idea, what size the card actually has? Is it a full-size or half-size mini-pci-e? Looks like full-size. I am only running linux on my macbook and the broadcom drivers are really bad, so I would like to change it and I only find official airport boards on the internet.

Victor Brekenfeld, · Reply

To remove the back panel there are two different pentalobe screws 2.3mm and 3mm however on the tools list there is only one screwdriver. Will I be able to remove both screws with the same screwdriver?

lantzero, · Reply

In my case it worked. Don't know if it was a 2,3 or 3 mm screwdriver

Christian Mohr,

The 2.0 and 2.3 mm measurements are screw lengths, the screw heads are the same sized P5 pentalobe heads. We include the screw lengths so you don't put the wrong screws in the wrong places and end up with screw heads poking out of your device. Hope that clears up some confusion =)

Sam Lionheart,

will this unit work with the Mid 2012 Macbook Pro Retina's as well?

drscottgreenwell, · Reply

Same question...anyone know? Damaged my 2012 board and if possible would like to upgrade to this unit

cloughenough,

This works for rMBP 2012 late

iyeori,

Woohoo, much easier than I thought... Just got confused with the bottom case screw driver but after figure out it was P5 then everything went smooth.... One thing I wanted to upgrade was the wifi to ac and got one on ebay!

didierma, · Reply

If you have 54 Bit Driver kit, please use Star 5 driver to remove screw for rMBP 2012 Late

iyeori, · Reply

Where can I find the driver for the MacBook Pro Retina Display 15'4 i7 on your website iFixit please.

Epifanio, · Reply

It took about 40 minutes due to an extreme measure of caution but I did it! The only real difficulty was reattaching the screen to the base (yes you have to pry the hinges open) and re-connecting the camera wires. After a few tries the camera wires finally came together. I'm hating Apple for all it's frailty and magical screws but I love ifixit!

floyd, · Reply

Does anyone noticed that the bottom cover and the bottom case is actually linked with the black plastic near the battery?! After the first time you open the cover, it will be impossible to put it back to the original place. Does the critical?! Thanks a lot for informing

jamiegan835, · Reply

For rMBP 2012 Late, you don't need to remove this sticker.

iyeori, · Reply

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