As much as I adore the design, durability and power of the unibody MacBook and MacBook Pros, as a technician one of the most frustrating things has been trying to figure out how to safely remove the glass panel that is glued to the display assembly. Apple’s repair strategy for cracked glass or damaged/defective LCDs has been to replace the entire display assembly. While that does do the trick, it’s an expensive endeavor.
Recently, it was rumored that the “glue” holding the glass in place is actually 3M double-sided tape, which is much easier to work with than strong glues. After checking out some removal methods online and playing with it, I found a technique to remove the glass that I feel is safe and reasonable. It was also a nice plus to find that on the 13” MacBook and MacBook Pro unibody models it’s possible to replace the LCD without removing the display assembly from the body of the machine. It’s important to note that this is not possible in the 15” or 17” models, as those have LCD mounting screws located under the clutch cover, which cannot be removed without removing the display assembly.
I hope you enjoy the three part video below demonstrating the removal and replacement of the glass and LCD on a 13” unibody MacBook Pro. Please keep in mind that this is an advanced repair and this is not meant as a DIY tutorial for the average user. I highly recommend that only Apple Certified Technicians attempt this repair. If you do decide to try it yourself, just remember that neither Small Dog Electronics nor Apple will take responsibility for any damage you may do to your computer (or yourself) from attempting this.