There are a variety of specs that are just not hardware based and for me the biggest problem is the proprietary nature of VC4.W. H. Heydt wrote: ↑Tue May 14, 2019 12:52 amOnly if you can plant a hidden mic in Pi Towers.
As for me...I will be happy to get Pi4s pretty much without regard to specs, as it's essentially a given that they will meet or exceed the Pi3B+. As I've noted from time to time, the only "wish list" item I have is faster I/O. Anything else falls into the "nice to have, but not essential" category.
The jump to a new fab process should see quite an order in magnitude in hardware spec.
I have been wondering though if the whole 'backward' compatibility 'thing' is going to lock in 'proprietary' aspects past a healthy sell buy date.
That could will be Raspberries Achilles heel and the attack of the clones is more 1980's IBM than Starwars.
Pi4 is as interesting as the current PI in terms of value, interesting as much of what we expect of a Pi4 is a reflection to the value we assign to the current series.
My take on the Pi4 is that it should have 3x M.2 connectors that will set a new form factor like the now enshrined 40 pin GPIO.
For me VC5 is already dead in the water via Mali and have also got my fingers crossed that I/O is a primary focus and that a more module M.2 could equally employ external GPU, AI accelerator implementations and storage.
Wifi, ethernet, GPIO40, HDMI and USB all in there, but there is quite a lot on my 'dream team' Pi4 that I would change, so guess I could argue that the current Pi has much less value than I envisage or want.
I think the Pi is definitely worth todays asking price but that is slightly different question to if it has value and I think its very much about IO, but would like raspberry to set a new form factor with the demise of the sd card reader, camera and audio port, upgraded to 1x type C, 1x type 3.1 WiFi, ethernet, HDMI with the ubiquitous GPIO40 maybe a 2nd row.
So actually for me quite a lot of change and maybe why I place less value to the current range of Pi's but still think the current prices are definitely worth it, but its overall value has diminished and why that necessitates a fairly radical departure to something more modular in the same 'credit card' footprint that widens its value and replaces much of what has diminished.
Really interesting times, but I am wondering how long it may retain useful value.