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Use this guide to replace the I/O board, home to the MagSafe 2, USB, and headphone ports.

    • 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" Early 2015 I/O Board 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" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement, Battery Connector: step 3, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement, Battery Connector: 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 bend back and make contact with its socket.

  3. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement, I/O Board Cable: step 4, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement, I/O Board Cable: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left and right I/O board cable connectors up off their respective sockets on the I/O board.

  4. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Lift and remove the I/O board cable.

  5. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement, Fan: step 6, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement, Fan: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully push on each side of the iSight camera cable connector to loosen it out of its socket on the logic board.

    • We recommend you gently "walk" the connector out of its socket.

  6. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Peel the iSight camera cable up off the adhesive securing it to the fan.

  7. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  8. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following three screws securing the fan to the upper case:

    • Two 5.5 mm T5 Torx screws

    • One 4.6 mm T5 Torx screw

    • In some models this is a 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw.

  9. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Lift, but do not remove the fan out of its recess in the upper case.

    • Carefully pull the fan ribbon cable out of its socket as you remove the fan from the Air.

  10. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement, Battery: step 11, 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

  11. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • When handling the battery, avoid squeezing or touching the six exposed lithium polymer cells.

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

  12. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement, I/O Board: step 13, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement, I/O Board: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the I/O board power cable from the logic board by pulling the cable out of its socket on the logic board.

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

  13. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • If necessary, use tweezers to remove any tape covering the microphone cable ZIF connector.

  14. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  15. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry under the speaker cable near the connector to lift the connector straight up out of its socket.

  16. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • De-route the cable from its notch in the I/O board.

  17. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the small rubber gasket from the corner of the upper case nearest the I/O board.

  18. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw securing the I/O board to the upper case.

    • In some models this is a 3.1 mm T5 Torx screw.

  19. MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 3 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 3 MacBook Air 11" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully lift the I/O board by its power cable and pull it away from the edge of the case.

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

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