4.1.0’s biggest feature is speed! General execution of Python should be 2-5x faster and display refreshing will be faster as well.
This is the second beta version for testing. It shouldn’t break any code compatible with previous 4.x releases. Please use the latest 4.x stable release (available from the new website!) when first starting with CircuitPython. It is stable.
Over 50 boards are now supported by CircuitPython 4.1.0. Check out the new circuitpython.org/downloads page for full list of all available versions.
It’s not too late to contribute to CircuitPython! Check out this guide for details. We’re always looking to improve and expect many stable releases in the 4.x line to happen through the summer. Subscribe to the Python for Microcontrollers newsletter on adafruitdaily.com for the latest news for all things Python.
Downloads are now available from circuitpython.org! This site makes it much easier to select the correct file and language for your board. The downloads page is here.
Thank you to all who used, tested, contributed, helped out, and participated on GitHub and/or Discord:
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