Tempmarks: MacBook Pro versus PowerBook G4

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Date: Wednesday, March 15th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

One of the most popular questions about the new MacBook Pro is about its temperature. Users of previous PowerBook G4s (especially the 12-inch model) are very conscious of the ambient heat generated by their machines. It’s difficult to use on your lap after running for as little as 30 minutes. This heat (and lawyers) are the reasons manufacturers don’t call them “laptops” any more – they’re only referred to as “notebooks” now.
In fact, Apple’s MacBook Pro User Guide explicitly states “Do not leave the bottom of your MacBook Pro in contact with your lap or any surface of your body for extended periods.” Adding that “prolonged contact with your body could cause discomfort and potentially a burn.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


One of the most popular questions about the new MacBook Pro is about its temperature. Users of previous PowerBook G4s (especially the 12-inch model) are very conscious of the ambient heat generated by their machines. It’s difficult to use on your lap after running for as little as 30 minutes. This heat (and lawyers) are the reasons manufacturers don’t call them “laptops” any more – they’re only referred to as “notebooks” now.
In fact, Apple’s MacBook Pro User Guide explicitly states “Do not leave the bottom of your MacBook Pro in contact with your lap or any surface of your body for extended periods.” Adding that “prolonged contact with your body could cause discomfort and potentially a burn.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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