Watch the MacBook Pro Retina Go Hot Red At Maximum Power

I love thermal imaging more than a Predator and almost as much as I love the new MacBook Pro Retina. So I made this little GIF animation with thermal images from Japanese blog IT Media, showing how hot Apple's coolest computer gets under maximum stress.

The verdict: it doesn't get too hot at all. The combination of its ventilation design and the absence of a hard drive seems to work quite fine.

In sleep mode, it doesn't produce any distinguishable heat, napping at just 86.54 degrees Fahrenheit (30.3 degrees Celsius). Playing a QuickTime movie for 15 minutes only took it to a ridiculous 95.18 degrees Fahrenheit (35.1 degrees Celsius).

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The machine only got significantly hot when pushed to the limit using Cinebench and other hardcore apps. Then it reached its maximum temperature: 118.76 degrees Fahrenheit (48.2 degrees Celsius). That's when you need to get your computer off your lap or risk some toasted legs.

I can't wait to get mine. My current MacBook Pro 17 from 1862 seems to run at a balls scorching 5235 Kelvin. Heck, this thing is so hot that I think it's powered by dual uranium reactors. Work faster, Foxconn, faster! Ship that thing already! [IT Media in Japanese via Cult of Mac]