Answer to: Can I use the early/late 2011 display assembly on a 2012 machine?I want to conclude this thread: YES, it is possible. The LCD panels in A1286 MacBook Pros are the same from 2009-2012, the only light issue is the physical shape of the display connector - the critical electrical pin out is identical. To fit the 2011 display connector into a 2012 logic board connector socket you have to remove a little bit of metal from the two contralateral sides of the connector (nowhere near the conductors), then it fits properly. The shape of the 2011 display assembly is the same as the 2012 counterpart (meaning location of hinges etc.), it will fit on the 2012 lower case perfectly. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, the FaceTime camera, brightness adjustment and closing the lid to go to sleep, all is working without any trouble. I hope this information helps people since dedicated 2012 spare parts are rather rare and the 2011 machines are beginning to die due to the AMD GPU issue, so they are going to pop up for parts.