MacBooks are made by ASUSTEK. Known for good laptops and desktop machines. Apple may not of requested this much thermalpaste, it may just be ASUS being stupid. I am mad at asustek too, because they made my MotherBoard,in my HpPavilion A500n, and not too much thermal paste, but none! NONE! I burnt my finger. So basically what I am saying here, there is a possibilty ASUS is stupid, and we shouldn't be blaming apple.