MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 Display Assembly Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

Replace the display assembly in your MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012.

Did your display assembly have an unfortunate encounter with a hard surface? Use this guide to replace it.

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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  • 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/Camera Cable  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5 AirPort/Camera Cable  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the three AirPort antenna cables straight up off of their sockets on the AirPort board.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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  • Use the tip of a spudger to push the camera cable connector out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Be sure to push parallel to the board, pushing first on one side, then the other to "walk" the connector out of its socket.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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  • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the rubber heat sink cover on the right fan.

  • Slide the spudger underneath the length of the cover, releasing the adhesive.

  • Lift the cover and flip it back so that you can access the cables underneath.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Use your fingers to pull the AirPort/Camera cables up off the fan.

    • The cables are adhered to the fan, so peel them up carefully to avoid damaging them.

  • Carefully de-route the cables from the plastic cable guide.

Edit Step 9 Display Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry off the two rubber hinge covers, one from each end of the device.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 3.1 mm T5 Torx screws securing the aluminum hinge covers to the upper case.

  • Remove the two aluminum hinge brackets from the MacBook Pro.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer.

  • Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Do not lift up on the display data cable, as its socket is very fragile. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Remove four out of the six 5.3 mm T8 Torx screws securing the display to the upper case.

  • We purposely have you leave one screw attaching the display to the upper case to aid in future steps.

  • When reassembling, make sure that the screws go through the two grounding loops on the webcam/airport cable.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Open the MacBook Pro approximately 110 degrees, and place it sideways on the table, as shown.

  • While holding the display and upper case together with your left hand, remove the remaining T8 Torx screw from the upper display bracket.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Be sure to hold the display and upper case together with your left hand. Failure to do so may cause the freed display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging each component.

  • Remove the last remaining T8 Torx screw securing the display to the upper case.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Grip both halves of the device, one in each hand.

  • Gently push forward on the bottom half of the device to detach it from the display assembly.

  • Carefully set each component aside, making sure to set down the lower half keyboard-side down.

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

TR8 Torx Security Screwdriver

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

Recommended Tools

54 Bit Driver Kit

$24.95 · 50+ In stock

Pro 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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Did you try pulling them back with pliers? Are the hinges stuck?

garegin, · Reply

I found that this was a really easy project. even easier than replacing my iphone 5 screen. however the replacement screen I purchased from a third party did not have the wires for the webcam connected. they had been severed off. Also the antenna and connectors were not included either so I had to take them from the old broken screen. this was at first frustrating but then I thought about how often I use a webcam and quickly carried on with the project because I really don't need a webcam (and now the NSA can't see me hehe). also the plastic covering for the antenna which is talked about in the retina display teardown as easy to remove was in fact far more difficult for me to remove than anything. I ended up nearly breaking the plastic covering in half trying to remove it.

Overall, this was an easy and painless 2/10 difficulty to perform and had the cords for the webcam been present it would not have made it any more difficult. Piece of cake.

blaykeolson, · Reply

Very easy thank you,

Most difficult for me was step 15 (to put back the new screen) and step 5 (put back the little things) but very easy actually !

Nicolas Maloeuvre, · Reply

i would like to thank you for the guide-very easy

Soul, · 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

are the 3 cables identify ?

darryll, · Reply

will this procedure remove my warranty? I have applecare for another 2 years, Laptop was dropped on the side, there is a very small dent on the side of I/O.

Oleg Babko, · Reply

If I am facing the MacBook like I'm surfing or typing, this I/O board is referring to which side of the MacBook? Left or right side? How about replacing the other side of I/O board? The other side I/O port are part of LogicBoard? If I want to replace it, need to replace the whole LogicBoard? TQ.

Delta, · Reply

These are notoriously difficult to remove. I actually damaged 2/3 of the connector pins during the process. Thankfully i was still able to fit them in place. This step should not be underestimated.

Alvin Chua, · Reply

I damaged 1/3 of these litte guys, how did you get them back together?!

is there a way to replace the antenna?

Fabian Schweinfurth, · Reply

unless you have really tiny fingers, a tweezer helps, just be careful not to damage the wires or the board as your holding each cable in place. Oh and take your time - this is like the most frustrating step in the process, imo.

Arn Custodio, · Reply

I've broken camera connection socket, is it repairable?

Sergey, · Reply

The hinge on my replacement display is not open 110 degrees. It's completely closed. How do I open it to screw in the torx screws that connect the display to keyboard?

i12i5, · Reply

I had the same problem. Did you finds a solution for pulling back the hinges on the replacement screen to 110 degrees?

Steve Dawson,

Pliers work! You can twist one hinge at a time with pliers. They should move surprisingly easily. (Fingers clearly aren't quite strong enough)

Steve Dawson,

How can I remove the long and thin black plastic cover that seats in the bottom of the screen so I can tight the screw that seats in other end of the hinge?

gkmaia, · Reply

i replaced the lcd and now my backlight does not work on the new screen. I tried putting back the old screen and the backlight doesn't work on that one either. I forgot to disconnect the battery when changing the screen and i accidentally pressed the power button while the computer had no screen. Im pretty sure i damaged the backlight fuse but i cant seem to figure out where its at. If anyone could help that would be great.

george, · Reply

Hello George,

Did you manage to solve the problem, because I also tested a good lcd to my mbp and when I put back the lcd to the original laptop it dosn't work anymore...

Dan,

Hello Georges, same here my backlight stop working?

Pierre Paquet, · Reply

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