Antwoord op "Can I use the early/late 2011 display assembly on a 2012 machine?"Yes it definitely works. It is compatible but the lvds cable connector is not the same yet it takes. Just be careful! Be extra cautious while inserting it. After the installation reset the pram. The video flickers a few times but it works eventually without a problem. I removed the bracket that latches, it worked better for me without it. I used a 2011 a1286 matte lcd for a client who had a 2012 broken lcd.