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Costs: developing and supporting a new version of the OS, introducing confusion into their famously stripped-down product lines, complicating the product's reputation as an easy-to-use consumer-oriented device.

Benefits: sales to the tiny minority of people who won't buy an iPad now, but would if they were more 'sandboxy.'

Doesn't sound 'very tasty' to me.

They could just make it easy to hack open, to achieve nearly the same effect without having to support it officially.

Don't they already do this with the iPhone. :-)

Not really. A lot of the hacks that are used to jailbreak the phone are actually security holes. So they can and do get patched, leaving you 'out in the cold.'

With a developer licence you can install software outside the normal "sandbox".

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