MBP 13" late 2011 temp concern


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 30, 2011
Here's another thread asking for normal MBP operating temperatures since I cannot find sufficient information about the late 2011 13" model.

My laptop idles at 55C and goes from 65-75C when browsing the internet through Firefox. When watching a Youtube video temperatures hit up to 85C.

So.. what exactly are the nominal operating temperatures? I know MBP has no exhaust but dang.. 80C is just way too hot. I'm sitting here programming and looking info up on the internet and the laptop is way too hot for my lap...

First time buying a MBP for programming and engineering design. Should I be concerned with this issue? It doesn't seem feasible to have a laptop that runs this hot from normal web browsing.



macrumors 6502a
Jun 13, 2011
Somewhere in Europe
Yes, that is normal. Although I never get mine to over 80C by just watching YouTube videos, I do when I stream 2 or 3 sports live events at the same time.

I've been watching videos for about 30 minutes now and it's at 55C.


macrumors 6502
Sep 16, 2011
Battery is at the front...no, look at where the screen/lid hinge is. Intake is on the top-side of that hinge gap. Exhaust is on the bottom side of the gap. If you look from the back at the bottom side you can actually see some fins.

And I agree with others, your temps are fine. Extended temps above 100c would be cause for concern (maybe, I don't believe the temp monitors are super accurate), anything less don't worry about it. Your computer also has a fail-safe and will shut down to protect itself. So if it's shutting down on you, then worry.
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