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Replace the left speaker on your Retina MacBook 2015. Part of the wireless antenna is also integrated into the speaker. Use this guide to replace both the speaker and antenna as a single unit.

Before proceeding, power down your MacBook. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface, top-side down.
  • Before proceeding, power down your MacBook. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface, top-side down.

  • Remove the following eight screws securing the lower case:

    • Two 1.8 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Four 2.9 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Two 6.1 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

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Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case, starting from the rear of the MacBook between the hinges. Lift the lower case only slightly to avoid damaging the cables that connect the lower case to the upper case.
  • Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case, starting from the rear of the MacBook between the hinges.

  • Lift the lower case only slightly to avoid damaging the cables that connect the lower case to the upper case.

    • Keeping a firm grip, lift steadily until the lower case separates slightly from the upper case.

    • You may experience a lot of resistance when lifting the lower case. If necessary, slide a plastic opening tool down the side edges of the lower case to pop the two hidden retaining clips free.

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Rotate the MacBook 180° and gently flip open the lower case from the front.
  • Rotate the MacBook 180° and gently flip open the lower case from the front.

  • Open the lower case to an angle of about 45°.

  • Take care not to damage the ribbon cables that still attach the lower case to the MacBook.

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Use tweezers to peel back the tape covering the trackpad cable ZIF connector. Use tweezers to peel back the tape covering the trackpad cable ZIF connector.
  • Use tweezers to peel back the tape covering the trackpad cable ZIF connector.

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Use a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad cable ZIF connector. Use a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad cable ZIF connector.
  • Use a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad cable ZIF connector.

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Disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable from the trackpad by pulling it gently through its slot in the frame. Disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable from the trackpad by pulling it gently through its slot in the frame.
  • Disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable from the trackpad by pulling it gently through its slot in the frame.

Wiggle the ribbon straight back until it disconnects

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Carefully turn the MacBook over, so that the lower case lays flat.
  • Carefully turn the MacBook over, so that the lower case lays flat.

  • Raise the upper case/display assembly to about a 90-100° angle, or use something to prop it up so you don't have to hold it.

  • It's possible to open the MacBook all the way and lay both sides down flat, but this may put undue strain on the remaining connecting cables.

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

Ex-Genius here... at this point all power from the logic board can be removed by using a slugger and holding down the small LED button to the left of the battery connector. This means you won't need to disconnect the battery in order to complete any repairs.

Jamie H - Reply

Good to know! How long do you need to hold it down for? Also, I'm not familiar with a slugger—did you mean to say spudger, or is it something different?

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Disconnect the battery by inserting a battery isolation pick between the logic board and the battery connector. Disconnect the battery by inserting a battery isolation pick between the logic board and the battery connector.
  • Disconnect the battery by inserting a battery isolation pick between the logic board and the battery connector.

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Remove the two screws securing the USB-C port cable bracket:
  • Remove the two screws securing the USB-C port cable bracket:

    • 1.1 mm Tri-point Y00 screw

    • 3.5 mm T5 Torx screw

On my 2015 1.1Ghz machine, this was not a Y00 screw. Mine was a 000 Phillips head.

bryce - Reply

Same for me, bryce. 2015 gold 1.1ghz

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Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the USB-C port cable bracket by prying it straight up from the logic board. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the USB-C port cable bracket by prying it straight up from the logic board.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the USB-C port cable bracket by prying it straight up from the logic board.

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Use a spudger to flip open the retaining flap on the audio jack board cable ZIF connector. Use a spudger to flip open the retaining flap on the audio jack board cable ZIF connector.
  • Use a spudger to flip open the retaining flap on the audio jack board cable ZIF connector.

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Disconnect the audio jack board ribbon cable by pulling it straight back out of the ZIF connector.
  • Disconnect the audio jack board ribbon cable by pulling it straight back out of the ZIF connector.

  • During reassembly, orient the ribbon cable so that the side with the white stripe faces you, as shown.

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Open the MacBook the rest of the way and lay the two halves down flat, being careful of the ribbon cable that still connects them.
  • Open the MacBook the rest of the way and lay the two halves down flat, being careful of the ribbon cable that still connects them.

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Use tweezers to peel back the tape covering the display cable connector. Use tweezers to peel back the tape covering the display cable connector.
  • Use tweezers to peel back the tape covering the display cable connector.

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It's possible the metal retaining flap on the display cable connector may flip open, remaining stuck to the tape. If so, use the flat end of a spudger to hold down the retaining flap while peeling the tape away with the tweezers.
  • It's possible the metal retaining flap on the display cable connector may flip open, remaining stuck to the tape.

    • If so, use the flat end of a spudger to hold down the retaining flap while peeling the tape away with the tweezers.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to flip open the retaining flap on the display cable connector.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip open the retaining flap on the display cable connector.

  • Try to keep it clear of the tape, or it may re-adhere and make cable removal difficult.

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  • Carefully slide the flat end of a spudger underneath the display cable to separate the adhesive holding it to the lower case.

    • Take care not to damage the cable. If the adhesive is very strong, heat the case directly beneath the cable with an iOpener to soften the adhesive, and then try again.

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Disconnect the display cable by gently pulling it straight out of its connector.
  • Disconnect the display cable by gently pulling it straight out of its connector.

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Separate the upper case assembly from the lower case assembly.
  • Separate the upper case assembly from the lower case assembly.

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Use tweezers to peel up the tape covering the two ZIF connectors—one for the right speaker cable, and one for the audio jack board cable. Use tweezers to peel up the tape covering the two ZIF connectors—one for the right speaker cable, and one for the audio jack board cable. Use tweezers to peel up the tape covering the two ZIF connectors—one for the right speaker cable, and one for the audio jack board cable.
  • Use tweezers to peel up the tape covering the two ZIF connectors—one for the right speaker cable, and one for the audio jack board cable.

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Use the point of a spudger to flip up both ZIF connector retaining flaps. Use the point of a spudger to flip up both ZIF connector retaining flaps. Use the point of a spudger to flip up both ZIF connector retaining flaps.
  • Use the point of a spudger to flip up both ZIF connector retaining flaps.

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Use tweezers to carefully pull the two ribbon cables free of their connectors. Use tweezers to carefully pull the two ribbon cables free of their connectors.
  • Use tweezers to carefully pull the two ribbon cables free of their connectors.

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Use the point of a spudger to peel up the foam pad covering the two antenna connectors. Use the point of a spudger to peel up the foam pad covering the two antenna connectors.
  • Use the point of a spudger to peel up the foam pad covering the two antenna connectors.

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Use tweezers to disconnect the first antenna connector by lifting it straight up from its socket. The antenna connectors and sockets are extremely fragile. Be very careful to lift only on the connector, and not on the socket itself. Do not lift under the cable, or put any unnecessary strain on it.
  • Use tweezers to disconnect the first antenna connector by lifting it straight up from its socket.

  • The antenna connectors and sockets are extremely fragile. Be very careful to lift only on the connector, and not on the socket itself. Do not lift under the cable, or put any unnecessary strain on it.

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Use tweezers to disconnect the second antenna connector by lifting it straight up from its socket. The antenna connectors and sockets are extremely fragile. Be very careful to lift only on the connector, and not on the socket itself. Do not lift under the cable, or put any unnecessary strain on it.
  • Use tweezers to disconnect the second antenna connector by lifting it straight up from its socket.

  • The antenna connectors and sockets are extremely fragile. Be very careful to lift only on the connector, and not on the socket itself. Do not lift under the cable, or put any unnecessary strain on it.

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Use a spudger to disconnect the left speaker cable connector by prying it straight up from the logic board. Use a spudger to disconnect the left speaker cable connector by prying it straight up from the logic board.
  • Use a spudger to disconnect the left speaker cable connector by prying it straight up from the logic board.

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Use a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad cable ZIF connector. Use a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad cable ZIF connector.
  • Use a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad cable ZIF connector.

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Disconnect the trackpad cable from the logic board by gently pulling it straight out of its connector.
  • Disconnect the trackpad cable from the logic board by gently pulling it straight out of its connector.

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Remove the single 3.5 mm T5 Torx screw securing the logic board to the lower case.
  • Remove the single 3.5 mm T5 Torx screw securing the logic board to the lower case.

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Flip up the front edge of the logic board. Carefully pull up on the rear edge to detach the tape securing the logic board to the lower case. Carefully pull up on the rear edge to detach the tape securing the logic board to the lower case.
  • Flip up the front edge of the logic board.

  • Carefully pull up on the rear edge to detach the tape securing the logic board to the lower case.

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Remove the logic board.
  • Remove the logic board.

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Using tweezers, remove the foam pad covering the screw on the right side of the left speaker.
  • Using tweezers, remove the foam pad covering the screw on the right side of the left speaker.

    • If you pull on the foam portion, it will tear. Try to get your tweezers under the adhesive pad holding the foam to the top of the screw.

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Remove the two 4.1 mm T4 Torx screws securing the left speaker to the lower case.
  • Remove the two 4.1 mm T4 Torx screws securing the left speaker to the lower case.

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Prepare an iOpener and heat the lower case directly beneath the left speaker, in order to soften up the adhesive securing the speaker.
  • Prepare an iOpener and heat the lower case directly beneath the left speaker, in order to soften up the adhesive securing the speaker.

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Use a plastic opening tool to pry under the top edge of the left speaker, and separate it from the lower case. Use a plastic opening tool to pry under the top edge of the left speaker, and separate it from the lower case. Use a plastic opening tool to pry under the top edge of the left speaker, and separate it from the lower case.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry under the top edge of the left speaker, and separate it from the lower case.

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Remove the left speaker assembly.
  • Remove the left speaker assembly.

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Conclusion

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

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