Swap glossy 2012 assembly with matte display assembly 2011. Possible?
I want to swap my glossy display assembly with a matte one from 2010 or 2011, is this possible? are all of them compatible?
Released June 2012 / Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost / Up to 1 GB DDR5 Video RAM
No can do. Each model year display is listed in the parts catalogue as working only with one model year.
The hardware GPU of a 2010 machine can not meet the requirements of the new displays.
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2011 works with a 2012 and vice versa, "but". Typing this on a 2012 MacBook Pro unibody 15 with a 2011 Unibody 15" high res matt display and top case.
The keyboard failed on mine, so I swapped the display and top case (and went for the upgrade along the way as a toasted 2011 model wasn't much more than a top case).
The "but" is that the connector is slightly different. The wiring is identical, but you have to bend (not break!) the tabs at either side of the connector on the logic board, which is a delicate job. The connector then slots in and locks into place as expected.