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Use this guide to replace the I/O board to remedy a broken headphone jack, left USB port, or MagSafe DC-In socket.

    • 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 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" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement, Battery: step 3, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board 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 I/O Board 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.

  4. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • 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 I/O Board 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.

  6. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Peel the I/O board cable up from the adhesive securing it to the fan.

  7. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • 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 I/O Board 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 I/O Board 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 I/O Board 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 I/O Board 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 I/O Board 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 I/O Board Replacement, I/O Board: step 14, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement, I/O Board: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  14. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • 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" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 2 MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  16. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement: step 17, 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.

  17. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the small rubber gasket from the corner of the upper case nearest the I/O board.

  18. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 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.

  19. MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement: step 20, 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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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Walter Galan

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Thank you so much. Just replaced my IO board and the whole process went without a hitch. I’m absolutely thrilled now that I can charge my Air without going through an extensive wriggling routine with the MagSafe connector every time.

Saravana K - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Good day! As I can see it’s all the same with Air 2012 logic board…

I’m looking the board to replace my 2GB mid 2011, can I take 4GB mid 2012 with 1.7Ghz ..?

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This was exactly what I needed!!! I replaced the I/O board and I/O board cable on a macbook 11” A1465 that was not charging or playing sound. It now works. Great explanations and details.

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