The new Raspberry Pi 3B+ is out right now to celebrate Pi Day! Here’s what you need to know about it.
At the end of 2014, the Raspberry Pi Model B+ was released, improving upon the original Raspberry Pi that was released a couple years earlier. The basic layout and design introduced with the Pi B+ has stayed the same since then, and you can still buy it today! In that tradition, the Raspberry Pi 3 is today getting an upgrade to Raspberry Pi 3B+.
While not as big as an aesthetic overhaul as the original B+ was, the Pi 3B+ does have a larger selection of improvements that make it distinct from the original Pi 3. This includes a more powerful CPU, now running at 1.4 GHz on all its four cores. The ethernet port has also been updated to a Gigabit port, an oft requested feature, although due to pre-existing limitations it maxes out at about 350 megabits. There’s also some minor upgrades, such as a different wireless antenna and the addition of PoE pins for more advanced applications.
Otherwise, it still has all the great connectivity and software of the original Raspberry Pi 3. With this new power though, we reckon it could make a few projects better than ever, like these ones:
Easy retro gaming on Raspberry Pi – a more powerful Pi can go a long way here
Image editing on your Raspberry Pi – image editing can get resource intensive, so extra power is always useful
Set up a file server – make use of the better ethernet port on the Pi 3B+ by improving your home Pi server
Get a Raspberry Pi 3B+ for the same great price of $35 (roughly £30 with VAT) by choosing one of the many certified resellers listed on the new product page.
We’re currently working on a huge Raspberry Pi 3B+ feature for The MagPi 68, which is out on Thursday 29 March, so look out for more ways to use your new Pi 3B+ then!