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You don't have to care about overheating. Macs don't overheat unless they are defective, and if that happens they shut down.

Macs use the metal bodies of the machines themselves to dissipate the heat as much as possible, so they can FEEL quite warm sometimes. But that is not abnormal, it is indeed exactly the opposite. It is for this reason that Macs are SO. MUCH. QUIETER. than Windows machines, and rely on the fans far less.

As for your choice, you sound like a general-use user and thus I'd say the MBA, being the lighter, cheaper and newer of the two, should suit you perfectly. Unless there's some use you haven't revealed that would require either some feature or some graphical ability the MBA can't handle, I'd say go with the newest.
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