New A+ Model Raspberry Pi and Touch Screen LCD Announced…

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It’s time to get excited all you Raspberry Pi enthusiasts as pretty soon, you’ll be able to pick-up an official touch screen to connect to your Raspberry Pi. Plus, a beefier new Raspberry Pi Model A+ is incoming, according to Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Ltd. Upton made the announcements during a recent interview at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London.

I think the biggest deal is the new LCD Touch Display. Serious Raspberry Pi fans have already been making tablets and other touch screen devices with the Raspberry Pi. But having an official product specifically designed for the Pi will make it far easier for more people to experiment with Raspberry Pi. Plus, an official display accessory means you don’t have to worry about whether it will work with your Raspberry Pi when you acquire it.

Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Ltd.

Upton didn’t provide a ton of information about the new touch panel soon to launched. It’s slated to come out either before Christmas or early 2015. It will also most likely be compatible with both the B and B+ boards, but that’s just speculation. And hopefully it will also be Banana Pi (Pro) friendly by default as.

The panel will be a 7-inch WVGA capacitive touch display and the Raspberry Pi will snap onto the back of it. There’s also another specially designed PCB that comes with the display to connect to the Pi.

As for the Raspberry Pi A+, Upton said too expect an announcement about it very soon. Raspberry Pi decided to design a new board to replace the ‘A’ Model since it doesn’t sell very well nowadays. Upton said the $35 B and B+ models have already topped 4 million unit sales, while the $25 A Model has only managed around 100,000 sales.

Upton hopes the upgraded A board will be a bigger hit than its predecessor. “We think we’ve actually managed make something that’s really going to capture people’s imagination,” Upton said…..

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