The Raspberry Pi 4 was announced – and available – about two weeks ago. That’s about six months earlier than was generally expected; Eben Upton explains how this came to be in the linked announcement. Like many Raspberry Pi users, I got very excited when I saw the announcement, so I went directly to the Pi-Shop.ch web page, and was pleased to find that it was already available there – so I ordered one right away. It arrived the next day, but when I opened the box I was confronted with the harsh reality that I had gone charging into this latest adventure without actually bothering to put my brain into gear first. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B looks a lot like the previous B-models, as you see in this side-by-side picture of a Pi 3 Model B+ (on the left) and a Pi 4 Model B (on the right). It is obvious that the USB and RJ-45 network connections have been reversed; less obvious but still easy to see when you look for it, the HDMI and power connections have been changed on the Pi 4 also. This is where my difficulty arose. The power connection has been changed from micro-USB to USB-C. That’s actually not a complete surprise, since a lot of mobile phones have made that change as well. The HDMI connection has also changed from a standard full-size connector to two micro-HDMI connectors. This has the advantage of giving you the possibility to connect… [Read full story]
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