MagPi 68: an in-depth look at the new Raspberry Pi 3B+

Hi folks, Rob from The MagPi here! You may remember that a couple of weeks ago, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ was released, the updated version of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. It’s better, faster, and stronger than the original and it’s also the main topic in The MagPi issue 68, out now!

Everything you need to know about the new Raspberry Pi 3B+

What goes into ‘plussing’ a Raspberry Pi? We talked to Eben Upton and Roger Thornton about the work that went into making the Raspberry Pi 3B+, and we also have all the benchmarks to show you just how much the new Pi 3B+ has been improved.

Super fighting robots

Did you know that the next Pi Wars is soon? The 2018 Raspberry Pi robotics competition is taking place later in April, and we’ve got a full feature on what to expect, as well as top tips on how to make your own kick-punching robot for the next round.

More to read

Still want more after all that? Well, we have our usual excellent selection of outstanding project showcases, reviews, and tutorials to keep you entertained.

See pictures from Raspberry Pi’s sixth birthday, celebrated around the world!

This includes amazing projects like a custom Pi-powered, Switch-esque retro games console, a Minecraft Pi hack that creates a house at the touch of a button, and the Matrix Voice.

With a Pi and a 3D printer, you can make something as cool as this!

Get The MagPi 68

Issue 68 is available today from WHSmith, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Asda. If you live in the US, head over to your local Barnes & Noble or Micro Center in the next few days for a print copy. You can also get the new issue online from our store, or digitally via our Android and iOS apps. And don’t forget, there’s always the free PDF as well.

New subscription offer!

Want to support the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the magazine? We’ve launched a new way to subscribe to the print version of The MagPi: you can now take out a monthly £4 subscription to the magazine, effectively creating a rolling pre-order system that saves you money on each issue.

You can also take out a twelve-month print subscription and get a Pi Zero W, Pi Zero case, and adapter cables absolutely free! This offer does not currently have an end date.

That’s it for now. See you next month!


Richard avatar

All fine, except my RPI is having an overheating problem and I can barely do anything on it for 5-10 minutes whithout it shutting down. I posted a discussion on the forum and it may I will have to replace it. The CEO is dismissing this is happening under normal conditions, but it is happening. I hope it’s a matter for a replacement.

Helen Lynn avatar

As James, one of our engineers, replied to your forum post this morning, this sounds like a defective unit. Rare, but it does happen. We’d advise contacting the retailer from which you bought it to initiate their returns process.

hans lepoeter avatar

connected anything on the pinheader maybe ?

Mike Cook avatar

Because Vimeo now have a total memory allowance for the sum total of your videos I have reluctantly had to move over the Mike’s Pi Bakery videos over to You Tube. The MIDI drum sequencer is here:- and you can subscribe to this channel.

Nicolae Crefelean avatar

Very nice issue of the MagPi. :) I was hoping to find an article about the new kernel (4.14) in the magazine, but now I only hope I’ll see one here. I asked about this in the forums and I got an answer, but I wanted more specific info if possible. From the Phoronix links I got these updates:

* 4.10
– The Raspberry Pi VC4 DRM driver has ETC1 texture compression and fragment shader threading support (how/where do we get to see these improvements in action?)
– Improved Raspberry Pi 3 support (more specific?)

* 4.11
– New drivers for bcm2835-v4l2 and bcm2835-audio (does the latest Raspbian use them, and what’s the difference?)

* 4.12
– New thermal driver for BCM2835, BCM2836 and BCM2837 (how is it put to work in Raspbian?)

* 4.13 – apparently nothing new here

* 4.14
– HDMI CEC support (how will this change for the existing users of HDMI CEC?)
– Support for Raspberry Pi Zero W (how does this impact Raspbian, other than requiring less Debian customizations?)

Is there anything missing from this list? And how about some nice and juicy answers? I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only one who would love to know more. :) Thanks for the latest MagPi and for the new kernel!

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