iPad 2 sales kick off in dead of night
Erects 'popup store' in Texas
Yesterday, iOS 4.3 . Tomorrow, iPad 2 . And if you're planning a trip to Austin, Texas, to catch Bad Brains  at the annual South by Southwest  mega-fest, Apple will provide a "popup store" just for your iPad-purchasing pleasure.
On Thursday, Apple also announced  that it will begin accepting online orders at 1am Pacific Time on Friday for early [morning] adopters who can't wait until 5pm that same day to trade their credit card info for a shiny new iPad 2.
That 5pm release time, by the way, will be the same in each time zone. Yes, Mainers – Mainiacs? – will be able to pop down to South Portland  to pick up their 'Pads a full three hours before us fanbois here in San Francisco .
Life just isn't fair, sometimes.
Apple is being more than fair to Austin festival-goers, however. Acording to the Austin American-Statesman, Jobs & Co are setting up  a 5,000-square-foot temporary store aimed squarely at attendees of the South by Southwest Interactive Conference (SXSW Interactive ), one component of that city's SXSW music, film, and technology jamboree.
The store – which, according to the AAS, is currently shrouded in black plastic wrap – will be in a downtown space that Apple has rented for two weeks.
The popup store will thrust Apple's brand-building machine right into the heart of Austin's downtown – which greatly pleases Molly Alexander of the Downtown Austin Alliance of business-boosters.
"I'll take Apple for two weeks any day of the year," Alexander told the AAS. "They're one of the best retailers in the world." ®