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There have been many discussions about the MacBook not being a "lap-top" and that is why they call it a notebook.
The MacBook is a notebook, not a laptop, refer to your user manual.
The manual states to not leave ones "MacBook in contact with your lap or any surface of your body for extended periods" and this, to me, indicates that the MacBook does have an overheating problem.
Has anyone bought the new MacBook Pro and had a chance yet to find out if this issue has been improved or fixed in the new models?
When in the middle of this problem I did find FanControl - a bit of free software that lets you control the temperature point that the fans kick in:-