Heater wrote: ↑
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:16 pm
Yes of course one could double the size of the board to make life easy for the designers. But immediately you have a more expensive product that is not a drop in replacement for any previous Pi. For sure it would not sell. Disaster.
To quote yourself; "That seems a tad too negative a view to me". There will be criticism, whinging, self-righteous indignation, all manner of toys being thrown out of prams, plus all the rest, but I don't believe it wouldn't sell or would be a disaster.
It might not be what's most desirable or desired but the bottom line is, if things don't fit, one either does without or finds a way to do it, even if it upsets some people. Same too for the $35 baseline price.
If it were "we can stick with credit card size and $35 or go large and give what you say you want, even need, for a slight price jump", then what do you think most people would say ?
"Bring it on!", though the collective audience would probably want both, a cheaper option plus the whizz-bang full-on kit.
Besides, marketing will play a big part; "twice the size, but more than twice as good!" will have people desperate to buy one, especially when that's true.