The Raspberry Pi foundation has just released its latest round of Pi goodness into the world with the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. We have had a look around the new board and it looks ‘berry’ delicious.
The new Pi comes with some amazing new fillings, making it 6x faster than the previous B+ model. It has an all-new ARM Cortex-A7 CPU running at 900MHz quad core processor opposed to the previous ARM11 single core processor. Another significant amendment to the Pi recipe is the increase of RAM from 512MB to 1GB giving the Pi a delicious boost to the speed of the new Pi. The other parts of the Pi still remain the same including the size of the board but they have still made significant changes.
Another great thing about the new Pi is that it will still be able to run all the cool stuff, which was developed for the first generation Pi’s so there won’t be any problems when it comes to cross-compatibility.
If you are thinking there must be a downside to the new features, you would be right! There is a tremendous downside. In order to keep the costs to a minimum they had to take out… The micro-USB power cable. Oh wait, that’s not so bad if you have one of the previous Pi’s already, then you’re all set. If you are going to be making your first purchase, and don’t already have one, get a micro-USB cable, I heard its not so easy to turn on without one.
Another bit of news relating to the Pi is the announcement that it will run a version of the next windows operating system, Windows 10. Which when released will be available for free to members of the Windows, for IoT Development. You can read more about this here Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi 2.
Well seeing as we have gone through what the new Pi is, we can look at what you can do with it. One of the best things about the Raspberry Pi is the amazing project’s you can do using the microcomputer. The best one I have seen so far, a must for every avid Star Wars fan (including myself), is to build a functioning R2-D2. I’m going to try this and I will keep you posted to how I get on.
Let us know what you want or have done with a Raspberry Pi, we enjoy hearing about the projects people use their Pi’s for.
Raspberry Pi (Official Website)
New Raspberry Pi 2 opens doors to Windows (Computer Weekly)
5 hot Raspberry Pi projects for the Mac geek (Cult of Mac)