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 30.3 degrees Celsius. Playing a QuickTime movie for 15 minutes only took it to a ridiculous 35.1 degrees Celsius.
The machine only got significantly hot when pushed to the limit using Cinebench and other hardcore apps. Then it reached its maximum temperature: 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 degrees Kelvin. Heck, this thing is so hot that I think it's powered by dual uranium reactors. Work faster, Foxconn slaves, faster! Ship that thing already! [IT Media in Japanese via Cult of Mac]