Oakham wrote:The RPF at its core is a very small team and even to produce the Pi is amazing in the time frame, if they spent the money on creating a Super Duper £100.00 Pi, the RPF would be bankrupted as well as possibly being outside the terms of their charitable status.
I don't know the deal but if the Foundation has made $1 from every Pi sold they've got something approaching $2 million in the bank and more to come. Even if it were just 20c a board that's still close to half a million dollars so I would guess they've got some money to play with and a super-Pi would probably generate even more money for educational causes. Students need the basic Pi to be 'as cheap as chips' but home and hobby users would undoubtedly be prepared to pay a premium for something more.
I don't believe a super-Pi would damage their charitable status; it would simply draw more in to contributing. It's been the success story of the year and I am sure there are partners who would be prepared to share the burden and work with the Foundation. RS, Farnell and Sony have all benefited greatly from the Pi's success and would probably like to see that success built on for the future.
As Eben has previously said; "I think it would be really sad, and probably fatal for us, if we were still shipping the same Raspberry Pi in 2016", so something will have to be planned soon to be ready in two years time.