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Введение

Use this guide to replace your MacBook Air's upper case. The upper case includes the keyboard and trackpad.

    • Shut down and close your computer. Lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

    • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 8 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 2.5 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • The special screwdriver needed to remove the 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

  1. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

  2. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement, Battery: step 3, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement, Battery: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • In this step you will disconnect the battery to help avoid shorting out any components during service.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both short sides of the battery connector upward to disconnect it from its socket on the logic board.

    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from the logic board so the connector will not accidentally contact its socket.

  3. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement, Solid-State Drive: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

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    • Use a spudger to help lift the free end of the SSD just enough to grab it with your other hand.

    • Do not lift the end of the SSD excessively.

    • Pull the drive straight out of its socket and remove it from the logic board.

    • When reinstalling the SSD, be sure it is properly seated before reinstalling its retaining screw.

  5. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement, I/O Board Cable: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the I/O board cable up from its socket on the I/O board.

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    • Peel the I/O board cable up from the adhesive securing it to the fan.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the I/O board connector up and out of its socket on the logic board

    • Be sure to lift straight up on the connector as you disconnect it from its socket. The socket is very deep on the logic board and prying it from side to side may damage the logic board

    • Remove the I/O board cable.

  8. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement, Fan: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the fan cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  9. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following three screws securing the fan to the upper case:

    • Two 5.2 mm T5 Torx screws

    • One 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw

  10. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the fan out of the upper case and carefully pull the fan ribbon cable out of its socket as you remove it from the Air.

  11. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement, Battery: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following five screws securing the battery to the upper case:

    • Two 5.2 mm T5 Torx screws

    • One 6 mm T5 Torx screw

    • Two 2.6 mm T5 Torx screws

  12. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Do not touch or squeeze the six lithium polymer cells when handling the battery.

    • Lift the battery from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.

  13. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement, Logic Board: step 14, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement, Logic Board: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to free the adhesive loop securing the I/O board power cable to the upper case.

    • Disconnect the I/O board by pulling the power cable away from its socket on the logic board.

    • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board toward the front edge of the Air.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard backlight ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the keyboard backlight ribbon cable out of its socket.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the trackpad ribbon cable straight out of its socket toward the front edge of the Air.

  16. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Use the tip of a spudger to de-route the right speaker cable from the slot cut into the logic board.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right speaker cable connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Pry up from beneath the cables.

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    • Gently push the tip of a spudger under the black plastic flap stuck to the display data cable lock to make the lock pop upward and away from the socket.

    • Remove the small rubber gasket from the corner of the upper case near the display data cable.

  19. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • While holding the lock away from the socket, gently pull the display data cable out of its socket.

    • Do not pull upward on the display data cable as you disconnect it, as its socket may break off the logic board.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both antenna cable connectors up and off their sockets on the AirPort/Bluetooth card.

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    • Gently de-route the antenna cables from the slot cut into the logic board.

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    • Remove the three 3.6 mm T5 Torx screws securing the logic board to the upper case.

  23. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 1
    • Gently lift the logic board assembly out of the upper case, minding the fragile heat sink and any cables that may get caught.

  24. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement, Display Assembly: step 25, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the small rubber gasket from the corner of the upper case nearest the I/O board.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the microphone cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the microphone ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

  26. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • De-route the left speaker cable from the notch cut into the I/O board.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left speaker cable connector up and out of its socket on the I/O board.

    • Pry up from beneath the wires.

  27. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the camera cable parallel to the face of the I/O board toward the rear edge of the Air to disconnect it from its socket.

    • Do not lift upward on this cable as you disconnect it, as its socket may break off the logic board.

  28. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw securing the I/O board to the upper case.

  29. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 30, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully lift the I/O board from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.

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    • Peel up the six cable loops securing the antenna cables to the upper case.

    • Gently pull the cable loops slightly out of the channel cut into the upper case one at a time.

    • Use your spudger to open up the plastic loops as you de-route the antenna cables through them.

    • Repeat this for all of the retaining loops.

  31. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 32, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the inner 4.9 mm T8 Torx screw securing each display hinge to the upper case (two screws total).

  32. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 33, image 1 of 1
    • Open the display until it is perpendicular to the upper case and place it on a table as shown.

    • While holding the Air steady, remove the remaining 4.9 mm T8 Torx screw from the lower display bracket.

  33. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 34, image 1 of 1
    • Before removing the last display screw, be sure to hold the display and upper case steady with your other hand. Failure to do so may allow the components to fall onto the table, causing potentially expensive damage.

    • Remove the last 4.9 mm T8 Torx screw securing the display to the upper case.

  34. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 35, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 35, image 2 of 2
    • Push the upper case slightly toward the display assembly, then rotate it away from the front of the display assembly.

    • Once the two display hinges have cleared the upper case, remove the display and set it aside.

  35. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement, Upper Case: step 36, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement, Upper Case: step 36, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right speaker off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

    • Only pry up on the speaker from the areas of bare aluminum on the upper case. Prying up from the keyboard area may damage the keyboard and the speaker itself.

    • Remove the right speaker from the upper case.

  36. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 37, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 37, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left speaker off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

    • Only pry up on the speaker from the areas of bare aluminum on the upper case. Prying up from the keyboard area may damage the keyboard and the speaker itself.

    • Remove the left speaker from the upper case.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the microphone away from the side of the upper case.

    • Remove the microphone from the upper case.

    • Upper case remains.

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    • The ZIF connector for the keyboard ribbon cable is hidden under the cable itself.

    • Push/lift the keyboard ribbon cable off of the upper case with one hand.

    • With the other hand, use a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the ZIF connector.

    • Once the retaining flap has been flipped up, carefully pull the ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

  39. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 40, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 40, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to separate the trackpad ribbon cable from the underside of the keyboard.

    • The cable is held in place with adhesive. Work carefully, and be sure to not let the spudger slip and damage any components.

  40. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 41, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the six 1.5 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the trackpad to the upper case.

    • Check your replacement upper case—if it doesn't have this wide T5 screw, remove it to transfer into the replacement.

    • This is an adjustment screw to set the distance of the click of the trackpad—on reassembly, test the click and adjust this screw until it feels right.

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    • Holding the upper case up off the table with one hand, gently push the trackpad up through the upper case.

    • Remove the trackpad from the upper case.

  42. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Upper Case Replacement: step 43, image 1 of 1
    • The upper case remains.

Заключение

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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7 Comments

I used this guide to replace the keyboard on my macbook air 11, mid 2011.

When I removed the perimeter screws on the keyboard, I then popped all of the 54 or so rivots. I bought a $34 keyboard and installed it with the perimeter screws. But then I bonded the top of each of the rivot shafts with a tiny amount of epoxy cement, after which I used a razor blade to shave each of them to be flush. After re-installing the backlight material, and reassembling the computer, it works PERFECTLY. The Apple store expert had told us that the computer could not be repaired. :-)

Bill Aldridge - Ответить

I’ve bought a replacement keyboard with holes in every place where a rivot existed. So it doesn’t requires any work on the case for the remains of the rivots.

lardissone -

Thank you very much for your clear guide! Even though I had never opened a laptop before, I was able to dig down to my keyboard with your instructions and I'm typing this now with BOTH shift keys :-D

Note: unlike @Bill Aldridge I bought extra screws to replace the rivets and replaced all but four of the rivets using (at my Father's suggestion) flat sharp wire cutters to bite into the stumps of the rivets and then pop them out.

Adam Lee - Ответить

Just replaced a top cover following this guide. It worked perfectly! Looks like this trusty old Air is going to get another couple of years of life. Didn't even want to try doing just the keyboard, that just seems brutal. Anyways, thanks for the guide!

nmirza - Ответить

I’ve gone used this guide TWICE on the same laptop. My Girlfriend seems determined to keep breaking her laptop! ;-) I may have to buy some screws if there the a third time, some of them are getting a bit worn… Thanks for the guide (again).

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