It seems incredible that the Raspberry Pi has already been around for three years. It was launched back in 2012, as a credit-card sizes PC that attracted lots of media attention, due to its $35 price and its ability to encourage children and hobbyists to get into computers and computer programming.
Raspberry Pi becomes UK’s biggest computer maker
A few days ago it was revealed that over 5 million units of the Raspberry Pi have been sold to date.
“Just confirmed the big news we’ve all been waiting for: we’ve now sold more than 5 million Raspberry Pis,” a tweet from the official Twitter account for Raspberry Pi said. The news was then quickly followed by another Tweet that said, “We think that this means that in just under 3 years, we’ve gone from zero to being the biggest selling UK computer manufacturer ever. Yowza.”
We’re not sure if the last statement is completely true, however selling over 5 million units is a very impressive achievement for the British company. In terms of how many they have sold for each model, the Raspberry Pi Foundation said that about 3 million units of the original Raspberry Pi have been sold (it’s know as Model B).
The Model B+ has sold around 1.5 million units since it was launched back in July 2014, and about 100,000 to 150,000 units of the Model A and Model A+ units.
The Raspberry Pi 2 was announced just weeks ago, and already accounts for a considerable 500,000 of the company’s overall sales. It is also said to be capable of running Windows 10. The Raspberry Pi computers are ideal for educational, industrial and hobbyist use, and have been especially popular with people who want an inexpensive but relatively capable machine to tinker with.
Have you ever used a Raspberry Pi? Let us know in the comments below what you think of the latest model.