Are you SURE about that? I thought the beta boards were a little wider than the production design?
No, the beta board dimensions where accidentally wrong when they were first announced. in that first announcement the size was given as if it was 100% identical toa credit card. That is not the case, it is slightly wider.
Interestingly I posted a comment this afternoon here:
which was not picked up by anybody....
I'll repeat it here:
I had a production board in my hands today for a short while.
1/ The SD-card holder does NOT stick out, it sits completely under the board.
2/ The GPIO connector was in place too: male, top. I have asked and this is not guaranteed for all 10.000 but is likely to be present on the first 2000. So that might set the standard**.
3/ I could see no obvious differences with the beta boards prototype series.
**For all of you who wanted female connectors: female connectors are more expensive then males and I personally prefer ANY connector then none.
It would be great if the Foundation+RS+Farnell could agree on keeping it in the BOM, even at a slightly higher cost so nobody needs to take out a soldering iron.