AUSTIN, Texas--The rumors are true. After a couple days of speculation, the "pop-up" Apple Store opened in the center of downtown here, just in time for the South by Southwest festival, which opened Friday, the same day as the iPad 2 was released.
Here, we see a view inside the temporary store. Outside, a line snaked for a full block down Congress Avenue.
The Scarbrough Building in downtown Austin, Texas is celebrating its centennial this year. During the South by Southwest Interactive Festival this week, one local newspaper reported that it would be home to an Apple pop-up store so that the tens of thousands of geeks attending the conference could get their hands on an iPad 2 with the real live Apple Store experience.
Well, what's the paper for? An empty ground-floor storefront in the Scarbrough Building above a Gold's Gym had a suspicious level of construction activity going on behind it. When CNET attempted to take pictures, a foreman asked us to stop and said that he could say tomorrow what would be in the space.
The question of the day in Austin was why doesn't Apple have a permanent store downtown here. The pop-up store, and the giant line that awaited the formal release of the iPad 2 demonstrated that there is plenty of interest in town, even if much of the people in line were visitor in town for SXSW.