updated 11:30 am EDT, Tue June 6, 2006
MacBook heat problems
Apple has admitted that an oversight during its laptop production may cause some of its new MacBook laptops to overheat. Reaffirming earlier reports, the company said that some users experiencing warmer-than-normal running temperatures should check for the presence of a clear plastic covering that was inadvertantly left in place over the rear vent. "Some MacBook computers may appear to be running too warm, with the fan running consistently and heat emanating from the top and/or the bottom of the computer," Apple noted in a new tech support document posted to its website. "If this happens with your MacBook, check the rear vent of the MacBook to make sure it's not blocked." The company said that some MacBooks may have left the factory with a thin piece of clear plastic covering the rear vent, noting that the coverings prevents dust from getting into the computer in the factory, but that it should be removed during normal use; however, the company reiterated that the bottom surface and some areas between the keyboard and LCD hinge of any Apple notebook computer can become hot after extended periods of use.