Just like every laptop before it, the new Retina MacBook Pro before apparently gets pretty warm exactly where you would expect it to. Thermal imaging from a Japanese site has revealed that at maximum settings, parts of the Retina MacBook Pro approaches 48.2° Celsius.
Now for some sanity. The harder you push your laptop, any laptop for that matter, the warmer it’s going to get. My last MacBook Pro (2010), which I recently retired, left my legs red when I would edit video with the machine resting on my lap. I didn’t last long, and started editing video directly on my desk. Not exactly rocket science. Don’t want to burn your balls? Stop pushing your laptop so hard while it’s resting on your legs. You won’t see this kind of temperature peak with normal, every day usage.
Here’s another interesting tidbit. The HTC One X has been measured to hit 55°C at its max. HTC has come right out and stated that, “if you use your phone to play games or surfing internet for a long time, it will be normal that the temperature rises to around 55°C.”
So if you hate Apple, or don’t believe a thing their PR team will say about this one, take it from HTC, 48.2°C isn’t exactly something to get your underwear in a bunch about. Chill out.