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MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 Upper Case Assembly Replacement

Replace the Upper Case in your MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012.

The battery, keyboard, trackpad, and upper case are all stuck together. If you break one of these components, you will need to replace the entire assembly. Follow this guide to do so.

Paso 1 Upper Case Assembly  ¶ 

Remove the single 2.6 mm T5 Torx screw securing the left rubber hinge cover in place. Slide the hinge cover out of its bezel, then lift it up and out of the device. The screw in the right hinge cover should already have been removed.

Paso 1 Upper Case Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 2.6 mm T5 Torx screw securing the left rubber hinge cover in place.

  • Slide the hinge cover out of its bezel, then lift it up and out of the device.

  • The screw in the right hinge cover should already have been removed.

  • Slide the right cover out of its bezel, then lift it out of the device.

Paso 2  ¶ 

Insert the edge of a plastic opening tool underneath the upper microphone. Slide the blade of a plastic opening tool along the bottom of the upper microphone, releasing the adhesive. Be careful when releasing the adhesive holding the cable down, as these cables have been known to tear easily.

Paso 2  ¶ 

  • Insert the edge of a plastic opening tool underneath the upper microphone.

  • Slide the blade of a plastic opening tool along the bottom of the upper microphone, releasing the adhesive.

  • Be careful when releasing the adhesive holding the cable down, as these cables have been known to tear easily.

  • In a similar manner, release the adhesive underneath the lower microphone.

  • Lift the cable out of the device.

Paso 3  ¶ 

Remove the two 4.0 mm T5 Torx screws securing the MagSafe DC-In board to the upper case. Slide the MagSafe DC-In board towards the right free it from its recess within the upper case.

Paso 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 4.0 mm T5 Torx screws securing the MagSafe DC-In board to the upper case.

  • Slide the MagSafe DC-In board towards the right free it from its recess within the upper case.

  • Lift and remove the MagSafe DC-In board out of the upper case assembly.

Paso 4  ¶ 

Remove the two 3.6 mm T5 Torx screws securing the headphone jack to the upper case assembly. Slide the headphone jack away from the upper case.

Paso 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 3.6 mm T5 Torx screws securing the headphone jack to the upper case assembly.

  • Slide the headphone jack away from the upper case.

  • Lift and remove the headphone jack out from its recess in the upper case.

Paso 5  ¶ 

Remove the following three screws securing the left speaker to the upper case: One 5.6 mm T5 Torx screw

Paso 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the following three screws securing the left speaker to the upper case:

  • One 5.6 mm T5 Torx screw

  • One 6.9 mm T5 Torx screw

  • One 2.6 mm T5 Torx screw

  • Lift the left speaker out of the upper case and set it aside.

Paso 6  ¶ 

Remove the following three screws securing the right speaker to the upper case: One 5.6 mm T5 Torx screw

Paso 6  ¶ 

  • Remove the following three screws securing the right speaker to the upper case:

  • One 5.6 mm T5 Torx screw

  • One 6.9 mm T5 Torx screw

  • One 2.6 mm T5 Torx screw

  • Remove the right speaker from the MacBook Pro.

Paso 7  ¶ 

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

Paso 7  ¶ 

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

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

Paso 8  ¶ 

Open the device between 90 and 100 degrees, then rest it on its side. While supporting both halves of the device with one hand, unscrew the upper 5.3 mm T8 Torx screw.

Paso 8  ¶ 

  • Open the device between 90 and 100 degrees, then rest it on its side.

  • While supporting both halves of the device with one hand, unscrew the upper 5.3 mm T8 Torx screw.

  • Repeat the same process for the identical bottom screw.

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

Paso 9  ¶ 

Grip both halves of the device. Firmly put one hand on the top center of the upper case (left) and one in the same place on the display assembly (right). While holding the display assembly in place, slowly push forward on the upper case, releasing it from the display assembly.

Paso 9  ¶ 

  • Grip both halves of the device. Firmly put one hand on the top center of the upper case (left) and one in the same place on the display assembly (right).

  • While holding the display assembly in place, slowly push forward on the upper case, releasing it from the display assembly.

Paso 10  ¶ 

Upper case remains.

Paso 10  ¶ 

  • Upper case remains.