The first Pi was popular among education institutions and electronics tinkerers. The Pi 2 was the first to be marketed for the IoT. Even Microsoft made its Windows 10 Core IoT platform available for the micro computer. But, while the Pi 2 only dipped its toe in the IoT pool, the Pi 3 is jumping right in. The best part? It’s just $35, which reduces the barrier to entry for IoT developers.
The Pi 3 also get’s a nice processor upgrade and moves into the realm of 64 bit computing, making it a more serious competitor to mainstream computer manufactures. Jacob Kastrenakes, from The Verge, interviewed Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading.
There is a weird thing," Upton says, where people view the Pi 2 as slightly too slow to be a real PC. "I'm really quite hopeful that this time we might come across that line that we've been trying to cross for a long time," he says. "That we've made a thing where you can really say, 'Yes, this is a PC.'"
The Raspberry Pi 3 is both incremental and ground-breaking. This seemingly minor upgrade could mark a major shift for the advancement of IoT by bringing in hobbyists and companies
Sources: Forbes, The Verge, Raspberry Pi Foundation