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13-inch Retina MacBook Pro snapped ahead of launch event

The 13-inch MacBook Pro has been caught on camera, boasting a Retina display and slimmer chassis.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro has been snapped, showing off what appears to be the super-sharp Retina display along with a slimmer body. We'll be wearing our biggest excitement hats for an Apple launch event tomorrow night where we also expect to see the much-rumoured iPad mini.

The snaps -- posted over at WeiPhone.com and spotted by MacRumours -- shows the Pro booted in Windows, rather than Mac OS X in order to show the whopping 2,560x1,600-pixel resolution in the Windows dialogue box. That's a little short of the 15-inch Pro's 2,880x1,800 pixel resolution but will result in a fairly similar pixel density, given their different sizes. In short, expect images and videos to look super-crisp.

The photos also show the 13 incher alongside Apple's MacBook Air. The Pro appears to be a similar thickness at the back, putting it at around 17mm thick. Rather than taper to a point like the Air, the Pro will stay the same thickness all over. You'll certainly have no trouble sliding it into a sleeve and with the unibody design, it should be able to handle some knocks.

Around the edges you'll spy two Thunderbolt ports for connecting up to high-speed external hard drives, a full-sized SD card slot and an HDMI port which wasn't previously available on the 13-inch Pro or indeed, the older 15-inch model.

There's no word on what specifications we're likely to see under the hood but it's likely that you'll be able to spec it up to an Intel Core i7 and hopefully 16GB of RAM. Don't expect that lot to come cheap though. With Apple's launch event taking place tomorrow evening, we won't have long to wait to see what Apple has in store for the MacBook Pro line.

Along with new MacBook Pro, we're also expecting to see the iPad mini, an updated version of the new iPad with the smaller dock connector and perhaps updated Mac Minis. We'll be bringing you all the news as it happens so make sure to keep it CNET UK.

Does a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro float your boat? What about the iPad mini? Let me know your thoughts ahead of Apple's event in the comments below or over on our Facebook page.

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