It's the same with upgraded PC's - software written on one machine works on one with a different processor. Just faster.
Yes, it would need a new board, yes it would need a new blob (probably). Neither of which make any difference to the end user.
Believe me, it's not a problem. Broadcom have faster SoC's running Linux (and ICS), if Raspi chose to use one of those it would just be a board redesign - the software would already be in place.
Although just increasing the memory would also be an option if that physical particular size drops in price enough.
Thanx, James. I don't care about how much memory there is - 128 is way greater than what I've been used to. So forcing me to have more is not a problem!
Just so long as we get a good run at this pi before we find it's out of date!
I don't think going out of date is an issue, if in the fullness of time a faster device is built, the old ones still work, and if they were fast enough for what you wanted to do with them, they are still fast enough!
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