Is it possible?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Chris569x, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Chris569x macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2009
    Marion, IA
    Would it be possible to replace the display on a 13" MacBook Air with a retina display from the 13" MacBook Pro? Factors I can think of are size limitations of the upper portion of the casing, and the various connectors for camera, display, etc. Does anyone know if this is possible?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    No, the screen is bonded to the enclosure on the rMBP, there's no easy way to remove it. Apple just swaps out the entire assembly. The form factor is also working against you, I don't think it would line up
  3. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
  4. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    ah yes, the story of two broken laptops never has a happy ending.:p
  5. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Why not go to and look at the screen replacement instructions for both models. That should tell you a lot about location and type of connectors, mounting methods (location of retaining hardware and the like, etc.). Most likely, you'll find that a lot of things won't line up.
  6. Laco macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2008
    If you managed to do this then you should definitely apply for a job at Apple
  7. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    It's got to be a lot more complicated than just swapping the displays. Even the GPUs between the MBA and rMBP are different. More than likely there's circuity and controllers in the logic board that also make the retina display work as designed.

    By that time you're done replacing all the components that make it possible, you might as well have bought an rMBP outright.

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