13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display pictures and hands-on

Admit it, you've been lusting after the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display since it was announced earlier in the year, but were worried that the screen was just too big.

Worry no longer, as Apple has launched a 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro with a refined chassis and the new screen technology that gives you that crisp experience, albeit in a smaller casing.

This time around the device ditches the optical drive, loses some weight, gains some ports and basically becomes a miniature version of the 15-inch model. That's no bad thing. 

Our time with the new model was crowded and brief, but we can vouch that the device's screen is as good as billed. It's pin sharp, and if graphics and text matter to you, it will make your current MacBook Pro look fuzzy - even though you never thought it was until now.

The lack of optical drive will annoy some, but it's not the end of the world - really, when was the last time you used a DVD or CD with your computer - and the addition of two Thunderbolt ports is welcomed - especially if you are video editing off Thunderbolt drives. 

There are concerns though, such as there being no dedicated graphics card as with the 15-inch model, which is a shame. But you'll keep reminding yourself that the screen really does look lovely.

From our brief time with the laptop in San Jose this looks like a real cracker that will deliver an impressive package for those looking for something a little more powerful than the MacBook Air without having to opt for the 15-inch monster.

Of course the launch of the 13-inch model also leaves us asking when the MacBook Air will get the Retina display. Apple, consider our request put in.