Does the Model B+ push back a potential Raspberry Pi 4?

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Does the Model B+ push back a potential Raspberry Pi 4?

A Pi-free 2017 was set to be followed by a Pi-free 2018 but the launch of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ has changed this.

As you've probably noticed if you've ended up here, there was no new Raspberry Pi in 2017 and there were reports we wouldn't see a new slice in 2018 either.

Raspberry Pi Foundation founder Eben Upton said last year that the company's plan was to pivot from hardware to its pixel software for the "foreseeable future", which actually turned out to be a year as the Foundation has just launched of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

However, good as the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B+ undoubtedly is, it's still a refinement rather than a whole new product. So does that mean we're due the Raspberry Pi 4?

The Raspberry Pi 3 was released two years ago on 29 February 2016 and last year, Upton said: "Raspberry Pi 1 lasted for three years. Then we had Raspberry Pi 2 that lasted for a year, I think Raspberry Pi 3 is more like a three-year product. We may tweak some peripheral bits of it at some point but probably not even that."

This suggested that, working on a three-year cycle, the next Pi wouldn't be released until this time next year.

This was bolstered by claims made by Upton when he said: "We're kind of at the end of the road for 40 nanometer. There's not much more you can do in that process because ultimately you're limited by thermals. In the end, you can add as much silicon area as you want, because if you can't afford to toggle the transistors in the silicon because the thing will cook, then you can't get any faster."

Of course, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is not quite a Raspberry Pi 4 and comes with a couple of new features, without being a complete overhaul, but it has given us hope a fourth-generation Raspberry Pi is in the pipeline. 

"I'd love to do more tinkering," Upton has previously said, and if there is tinkering to come, this is what we're hoping for with the hypothetical Raspberry Pi 4.

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