Thermal throttling isn't burning up. Intel has very specific temperature parameters and it's basically "idiot proofed" from there. It isn't 2002 anymore.
Also, the macbook air can run chrome and spotify at the same time without issue. An 8 year old macbook air can also do that despite far worse perf/watt.
It didn't crash and burn from running cinebench and cinebench is FAR FAR FAR more demanding than chrome and spotify.
Did it thermal throttle - yes. Is thermal throttling good - no.
Thermal throttling isn't the end of the world.
>hmmmm, wait are the Windows 10w cpu laptops burning up?
There's an entire internal thread about getting better thermal performance out of the work laptop I typed this on. Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc. all do the same thing more or less. Why do you think there are TONS of cases where the 8C and 6C variant of a laptop have basically the same performance. Hell, I have a jury-rigged cooling system set up to handle the heat on my current system (I hate fan noise). I give 0 concerns about how hot my company's laptop runs. It'll be EOL in a few months when I get a new laptop refresh. In the mean time though... I don't like fan noise.
>Also high precision machining is a strong word for sping clips.
If you watch the video they needed to cut out a small bit of for the screws. The amount cut out needs to be exact. This costs machine time, can slow down production and adds supply chain risk. If you're sitting on 99% of the required parts for a computer because of a minor supply chain hiccup that's money going down the drain. Apple's cost of capital is ~7%. A 1 month additional delay on a $2000 laptop means $11 of financing loss per unit. This is MUCH more than the relatively low cost of "get a slightly better heatsink" and "use a process that's by hand instead of with a machine"
Here, educate yourself a bit: https://www.coursera.org/learn/wharton-finance
Not every problem is "what would some low level monkey in IT do?" sometimes it's "we have 5000 tasks that need to be done with pinpoint precision - how can we cut down risks, save time and reduce costs while punting the ball to someone else (the consumer 5-10 years in the future)?"