If you look at a Raspberry Pi 4 B from
port side the side of the USB ports, it's a striking difference to previous B-models that USB block and ethernet jack have switched places.
To me this is a slight inconvenience, since I often blindly plug USB devices into the Pi, now resulting for the sixteenth time in me jamming a thumb drive into the ethernet port, and wondering why it wouldn't show up in /dev.
This results in my question: Why was this specific layout-change implemented?
I can imagine two reasons here:
- Technical reasons - the PCB layout had to be changed due to demands from USB3.0 or Gb-ethernet.
- To prevent people from shoving the Pi into an old Pi-3 case and thereby blocking (or damaging the USB-C power port.
...or is there even something completely different to the story?