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The Official "My MacBook/Air/Pro is overheating, what do I do?" Guide.

Please read the above, at LEAST the first post.

As regards iMacs, they use CONVECTION COOLING. This means the top gets rather warm, because you are putting your hand on the EXHAUST.

Without the whole long spiel -- no, the engineers at Apple aren't stupid, and no they didn't forget to cool the machine. Unless your machine is SHUTTING ITSELF OFF, it is functioning as normal and well within its spec for heat.

There's no need to be an "armchair engineer," as your machine was designed and manufactured properly in the first place. Use of toys like SMC Fan Control can actually MASK a genuine problem and in your case is rather like giving prescription drugs to a perfectly healthy person.

I'll never understand why it's so hard for people to believe that Apple is actually aware of how people use their products and knows how to cool them correctly.
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