Learn more about the Raspberry Pi 3 in The MagPi 43!

As you may remember from earlier in the week, the Raspberry Pi 3 is here! The latest version of the Raspberry Pi is the most powerful one yet, and brings with it a whole host of new features such as wireless LAN, Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy. In issue 43 of The MagPi, we go in depth into all the changes, upgrades and differences that you can expect from the Raspberry Pi 3.

A great cover that you probably haven't seen before today

A great cover that you probably haven’t seen before today

We also have an interview with Eben Upton and James Adams on the creation of the Raspberry Pi 3 and the wireless radio that makes the new headline features possible. There are tips and tutorials on how to get started with Raspberry Pi 3 and finally a full suite of benchmarks so you know just how much more powerful the Pi 3 is than its predecessors.

Issue 43 has more than just Raspberry Pi 3 though: there’s a big Astro Pi update as Ed and Izzy are turned on up in space, we look at an amazing Pi Zero cluster board, hack Minecraft with the Bedrock Challenge, and all our usual array of projects, tutorials and reviews.

Make a musical rhythm game in Python with Clef Hero

Make a musical rhythm game in Python with Clef Hero

Highlights from issue 43:

  • Astro Pi switch on!
    Ed and Izzy have both been turned on, and make your own Astro Pi
  • Minecraft Bedrock Challenge
    Hack Minecraft Pi to create this fun game for you and your friends
  • Open-source licence guide
    Why you should consider open-source for your next project
  • Raspiwhales
    There are Pis in space, and then there are Pis that ride on whales
  • And much, much more!
Learn all about what's new with the Raspberry Pi 3

Learn all about what’s new with the Raspberry Pi 3

Free Creative Commons download
As always, you can download your copy of The MagPi completely free. Grab it straight from the issue page for The MagPi 43.

Don’t forget, though, that like sales of the Raspberry Pi itself, all proceeds from the print and digital editions of the magazine go to help the Foundation achieve its charitable goals. Help us democratise computing!

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If you want something more tangible to play with, you’ll be glad to hear you can get the print edition in more stores than ever:

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We hope you enjoy this month’s issue! It’s so good we feel like dancing about it.


BoB LeSuer avatar

Cool, is that a free Raspberry Pi 3 on the cover of each magazine?

Rob Zwetsloot avatar

Hah, not this time, no

gordon77 avatar

That’s Good, saves me driving around to all the local WHSmiths to not find one :)

Mike Cook avatar

See the Infinity Mirror video at:-

Mike Cook avatar

See my Infinity Mirror Video at

John-Paul avatar

Interesting that Magpi 4-3 covers the 4th birthday of the RPi and the RPi 3.

Andrew Gale avatar

Roll-on issue 54! ;-)

James Turner avatar

Looking forward to getting it in mailbox. Wondering if there was a way to get it faster than mailbox here in California USA?

Andy avatar

Not since Concorde stopped flying!

Shannon avatar

Finally! The Forums said the last Thursday of the month, and it had me all wound up like a kid waiting for the latest Raspberry pi that they bought on release day. Guys, I love this magazine. Keep up the awesome work.

Winkleink avatar

On Licencing.
It’s really important to pick a licence if you want your work to use shared and used as the default setting of no licence is stated is completely closed.
No one would have the right to use, adapt or modify your project in any way.

Personally I go with MIT as it’s permissive so others can use as they wish and also my expectation is my code is so bad it will need improving.

If using GitHub you have the option when you set up your project to select a licence. Take advantage of this and make the world a better place.

Alan Mc avatar

Yey! My name, my Zero and mini-AstroPi case in print on Page 25! Now to pop home to see if “Postman Patricia” has delivered to my French mailbox.

@RobZ : how much stock of JL PI-card GIFs do you actually have? Making me grin every time!

See those of you going to the #PiParty in Cambridge this weekend =o)

Rob Zwetsloot avatar

Luckily, the internet seemingly has an infinite supply

Ken MacIver avatar

Got my Pi3 today, as soon as the dayjob is outta the way fun shall commence.

Shayan avatar

Can it play blu ray or 4k?

sfsdf avatar

On the Raspberry Pi 3 model B page it says Bluetooth 4.0 but the Raspberry Pi 3 announcement says Bluetooth 4.1.
Please correct erroneous information.

“802.11n Wireless LAN
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)”

“Integrated 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1”

Liz Upton avatar

Thanks for the spot. It’s 4.1.

Rob avatar

Free Creative Commons download. Does Star Trek have the same licencing policy?

Rob Zwetsloot avatar

All information is free in the 24th Century

Rob avatar

If you wish to add humour to your post why not create your own? Perhaps you would feel differently if someone took your work, without permission, and used it to make money. Any respectable company would not allow this.

AndrewS avatar

Russell tells me that RobZ doesn’t dance as well as J-L Picard.

Rob avatar

Don’t listen to them Rob. Shave your head and give it a go!

Rob Zwetsloot avatar

Sorry Rob, I honestly thought you were joking. It’s a just a gif mate, one we’re most definitely not making money off of.

Rob avatar

Thanks. Sorry I didn’t realize you thought I was joking.
No need to throw the baby out with the bath water. There is plenty of open source material available if your too busy (lying down eating ice cream and streaming reruns of Coronation Street) to create your own.
Wasn’t suggesting your making money from this but that if you don’t respect others work how can you expect people to respect yours. Hypocrisy?
I don’t see a gray area here, it’s stolen material. You say it’s just a gif but what your really saying is it’s just a law. The RaspPi registration states ‘You agree not to post any …material that may violate any laws be it of your country, the country where “Raspberry Pi” is hosted or International Law.’ It’s a good rule.
I honestly think this behaviour is at odds with the Fondations goal of education and fostering creativity and I hope they will consider my position and show the same respect that all reputable business do.

Ed avatar

“A great cover that you probably haven’t seen before today”
Heh. That was a pretty bad leak. Ah well!

Liam avatar

I feel that pricing in a currency other than that used in Cambridge UK is confusing ? I am 63 in England UK so I expect a price that I understand in England UK . I just do not do Aussi or Cannook dollars let alone Yankee Greens.
So I will give it a Raspberry.

Liz Upton avatar

We buy components in US dollars. If we were to price in Sterling, we’d have to re-adjust prices every time the currency markets fluctuate, which I am pretty sure you would find *much* more confusing.

Jeremy avatar

What’s the right option when signing up online to start with issue #40?

I don’t see anything on the page that states which option gets you that issue.

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