I know you can switch the screen assembly from high-resolution matte to high resolution glossy, but can you go from low-resolution glossy to high resolution?

Specifically, if I get a 15" 2012 MBP and take it to an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP), can they upgrade a low-resolution glossy to high-resolution (non retina) glossy screen?

I purchased a 2012 MBP with the anti-glare, but I'd really rather have the glossy. So, it seems silly to pay more for a higher resolution screen and then just turn around and get it switched over at an AASP when I could just return the one I purchased and wait for one like I have but with a lower resolution screen.


Technically, it would be possible. But apple doesn't offer an upgrade price, so you're only option is buying the screen for the rather high "stock" price. Selling yours on ebay and getting a model you want is probably cheaper

  • Buying the screen for the rather high stock price is a given as I would have to do that going from high-res matte to high-res glossy or low-res glossy to high-res glossy; so, either way I wind up paying for the high-res glossy screen separately. It's just that I've heard conflicting information on the feasibility doing this. I've read that it is possible as well as impossible. So, I was looking for someone who knew for a fact if it was possible or impossible.
    – user71473
    Mar 24 '14 at 22:00
  • It is possible. The logic boards in these macbooks are the same, regardless of the display configuration Mar 24 '14 at 22:05
  • That's good. I read somewhere else where someone said that the wires coming off of the board are different for the high res and low res monitors. I guess I'll just return this one and just hold out until a 2012 refurb comes out like mine but with the low res monitor.
    – user71473
    Mar 24 '14 at 22:20

No, it's apparently not possible:


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