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Late 2011 model, A1278 / 2.4 GHz i5 or 2.8 GHz i7 processor.

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Can I put a 2011 Logicboard in a 2012 MBP?

Heya dear Mac Pros

I have a 13" 2011 MBP which still works but is really worn out (Display broken, camera cable broken, antenna cable broken, dirty...). Fortunately I also have a almost brand new 13" 2012 MBP with a broken logic board (due to fruit juice spill).

Now I'm wondering wheter I can just move the 2011 Logicboard to the 2012 MBP?

Has someone got any experiences with the 13" model? I know people have tried with the 15" and suceeded.

Thanks a lot for your help!


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The Early & Late 2011 13" MacBook Pro's: MacBookPro8,1

The Mid 2012 13" MacBook Pro's: MacBookPro9,2


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For reference here's the IFIXIT logic board replacement guides:

While these two logic boards are very similar there are a few differences which might impact you. The heatsinks are very different so you can't swap them out. In addition the RAM modules are different:

  • 2011 models - 204-pin PC-10600 (1333 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM
  • 2012 models - 204-pin PC3-12800 (1600 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM

Now you stated the 2012 system has juice spilled into it. I'm not sure if this exercise will get you a working system in the end. The problem here is you likely has a messed up keyboard & trackpad which will need to be cleaned or replaced.

Lastly depending on on the condition of the 2011 model you have, it might be worth getting the uppercase replaced and then transfer the display from the 2012 over (if the 2011 is in sad shape). It would be the least risky way to get things going here.

Imagem de MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Logic Board


MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Logic Board Replacement



45 minutes - 1 hour

Imagem de MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board


MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement



45 minutes - 1 hour

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Thanks for your reply! Another problem is that the keyboard of the 2011 model is broken. Especially the malfunction of the power on button is not very cool. So I have to check wheter the keyboard of the 2012 is functioning and if so, I can put together lower case 2011 with upper case and display 2012. Regarding the display connector on the logic board, is this possible? Is there no difference between connector 2011 and 2012?


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