MacBooks running hot enough to fry eggs


First it was the MacBook Pro and now the MacBooks are reportedly running so hot that it is possible to fry an egg on them, literally.  The Unofficial Apple Weblog has reported as follows:

Everyone knows that Apple’s Intel powered portable lineup gets hot, but this is insane! An enterprising fellow figured out that it would be possible to actually fry an egg on the bottom of his black MacBook. Granted, it probably took something like 3 times as long than if he had used a stove, but thats obviously not the point. For bonus points, keep your coffee warm by placing it on top of your MacBook power adapter.

Apple has had a few problems with its MacBook and MacBook Pro range including discolouration of white MacBook cases and strange whines in the MacBook Pros.  These bugs have deterred me from looking into replacing my PowerBook with a black MacBook until the glitches are sorted out.  While Apple may be able to resolve some of the issues, it may not be able to resolve others.  TUAW pointed out that Apple can’t control how how the Intel processors run:

While obviously a stab at Apple for releasing such hot machines, I think its important to understand the fact that Apple has no control over how hots Intel’s processors run. I’m sure the engineers in Cupertino do their best to make the machines run as cool as possible, but there are some things that even Ive and his team can’t do.

The one thought I have about the heat issue is that when the overheating in the MacBook Pros was investigated, the main cause of the overheating was actually the incorrect application of a thermal paste.  I would also imagine that these new chips wouldn’t run that hot, otherwise their power consumption would be too high, making them a bit pointless as mobile processors.

For the time being I’ll hold on to my money and wait for Apple to put out a MacBook that lives up to its legendary standards.

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