Model A1502 / 2.4, 2.6, or 2.8 GHz dual-core Intel processor / Released October 2013

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Has the fan size increased over the previous generation?

The last 13 inch Retina had dual fans. This new model only has one, the same as the MacBook Air which seems to struggle with heat management under load.

Has the fan size or spec increased in this latest model, or is it a given that it will run hotter than the previous model

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No, the fan specs is not overly different. What is different is the CPU. Haswell chips just run cooler so the need for more cooling is not required.

As to the older units you may want to look at what you are running on your system. Some older stuff have issues with poor code & thread management (i.e. Flash). Once we upgraded Flash as an example to the newer 64bit version we did see huge improvements in running video not causing the system to heat up as much.

You may want to check out your system for dust buildup (logic board, fans & heat transfer fins) and if the thermo paste is degraded.

We're very hard on our systems (CAD) and we don't have heat management issues in general on our Air's. True the fans do come on at full speed at times but thats to be expected (not sustained).

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