This might be the best Monday in a while! Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi Founder, announced the Raspberry Pi Model B+ today in a blog post. Granted, this is not a fully new model (one worthy of a new letter), but rather a refinement of the already excellent model B.
The model B+ addresses some of the shortcomings of the previous model. For example, the Pi now supports 4 USB connections instead of two meaning you have more room for peripherals in addition to a mouse and keyboard. The whole package is much tighter as well, with neat, rounded corners, mounting holes, and significantly less port overhang. The electrical properties of the device have been remastered for up to 1 Watt of power savings, better audio, and more robust circuitry.
Why not throw in a couple more GPIO pins while they’re at it? Well, they did.
After all of those upgrades, you would think the bad news would be the price tag. That’s not the case: The model B+ will ship for the same low price of $35!
Recommendation? The B+ is practically the new Model B, so pick one up if you need a new Pi or don’t have one already. The model B will continue to ship as long as there is “industrial demand”.