Introduction

Use this guide to replace the complete Retina Display assembly on your Retina MacBook 2017, including the top shell and Apple logo.

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.

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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.

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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.

You may keep pressing the button for Battery Disconnect while opening or loosening the battery screw, so it’s easier when inserting the battery isolation pick.

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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 Phillips #00 screw

    • 3.5 mm T5 Torx screw

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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 cables that still connect them.
  • Open the MacBook the rest of the way and lay the two halves down flat, being careful of the ribbon cables that still connect 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 a spudger to flip open the ZIF connector retaining flap for the dual microphone assembly ribbon cable. Use a spudger to flip open the ZIF connector retaining flap for the dual microphone assembly ribbon cable.
  • Use a spudger to flip open the ZIF connector retaining flap for the dual microphone assembly ribbon cable.

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Disconnect the  microphone assembly ribbon cable by pulling it straight out of its connector. Disconnect the  microphone assembly ribbon cable by pulling it straight out of its connector.
  • Disconnect the microphone assembly ribbon cable by pulling it straight out of its connector.

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Remove the two 3.2 mm T5 Torx screws securing the audio jack board to the case.
  • Remove the two 3.2 mm T5 Torx screws securing the audio jack board to the case.

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Remove the audio jack board.
  • Remove the audio jack board.

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Remove two 2.5 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the USB-C port.
  • Remove two 2.5 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the USB-C port.

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Use tweezers to lift the USB-C port just over the hinge screws. Slide the port out and up over the display hinge to remove it. There's very little clearance when removing and installing the USB-C port. If there's not enough room, don't force it. Try removing the display hinge screws and moving the hinges for additional clearance, if necessary.
  • Use tweezers to lift the USB-C port just over the hinge screws.

  • Slide the port out and up over the display hinge to remove it.

  • There's very little clearance when removing and installing the USB-C port. If there's not enough room, don't force it. Try removing the display hinge screws and moving the hinges for additional clearance, if necessary.

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Remove the two 3.3 mm T5 Torx screws securing the display cable assembly. Take care not to lose the small retaining bracket located under the right screw. If it comes loose, note the orientation shown here for reassembly. The small tab on the outer left edge should be hooked under the perforated metal shield. Take care not to lose the small retaining bracket located under the right screw. If it comes loose, note the orientation shown here for reassembly. The small tab on the outer left edge should be hooked under the perforated metal shield.
  • Remove the two 3.3 mm T5 Torx screws securing the display cable assembly.

  • Take care not to lose the small retaining bracket located under the right screw. If it comes loose, note the orientation shown here for reassembly. The small tab on the outer left edge should be hooked under the perforated metal shield.

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Fully open the display.
  • Fully open the display.

  • Set the MacBook down on its right edge with the display facing away from you, as shown.

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Remove the four 4.8 mm T8 Torx screws securing the display hinges. There may be a rubber cover on the hinge screws. Remove this before removing the screws and replace it during reassembly.
  • Remove the four 4.8 mm T8 Torx screws securing the display hinges.

  • There may be a rubber cover on the hinge screws. Remove this before removing the screws and replace it during reassembly.

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Holding the display assembly with one hand and the upper case with the other, push them together slightly to move the hinges out of their recesses in the the upper case. There are only a few millimeters of play between the hinges and the case, so you won't need to push far. Push the upper case forward while pulling back gently on the display.
  • Holding the display assembly with one hand and the upper case with the other, push them together slightly to move the hinges out of their recesses in the the upper case.

    • There are only a few millimeters of play between the hinges and the case, so you won't need to push far.

  • Push the upper case forward while pulling back gently on the display.

  • Once the two display hinges have cleared the upper case, remove the display and set it aside.

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Conclusion

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

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