iPad: New must-have celeb accessory?

Hollywood and tech celebrities alike are making the iPad the latest "it" device.

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Stephen Colbert got his iPad a few days before the rest of the public could buy one. Screenshot by Erica Ogg/CNET

Just like the Prius and the Kardashian sisters before it, the iPad looks like it might be the new must-have celebrity accessory.

Basketball superstar Lebron James was photographed checking out an iPad at a Boston Red Sox game Sunday evening. Actress Alyssa Milano picked up one this weekend and by Monday morning wrote on Twitter, "I love my iPad so much I kind of want to make out with it." British comedian Stephen Fry, his country's best-known technophile, got to geek out with the iPad ahead of almost everyone, and even did an interview with Steve Jobs for Time Magazine.

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Steve Jobs spotted leaving the Apple Store in Palo Alto, Calif. Saturday afternoon. ViPad.fr

Hollywood, like the throngs of regular folks who stood in line for hours this weekend, appears fascinated by the device. The quest to buy an iPad was the subject of an episode of the ABC sitcom "Modern Family" last week , and comedian Stephen Colbert used his as a vegetable slicer on his Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report." David Letterman made it the subject of one of his Top 10 Lists, and also had actor Sam Worthington appear on "The Late Show" using the iPad as a coaster.

Up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the tech celebrities ventured out Saturday to retrieve their iPads. The man behind it all, Steve Jobs, made a brief appearance Saturday at the Palo Alto, Calif., Apple store, and reportedly talked with customers for about 30 minutes. Other Apple execs were also on hand: Scott Forstall , the guy who runs iPhone and iPad software development for Apple, was also spotted (with his own camera in hand) at the Palo Alto store. Cult design hero Jonny Ive, Apple's man in charge of industrial design, made a quieter appearance at the San Francisco Apple store.

Technology blogger Robert Scoble was first in line at the Palo Alto, Calif., Apple store and camped out overnight for the privilege of walking out first with an iPad in hand. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was at the Valley Fair Mall Apple store in San Jose, Calif., where he reportedly signed some fans' laptops and gave a demonstration of his Segway.

Digg founder--and recently named CEO--Kevin Rose was spotted in line at the Apple store in San Francisco to pick up his preordered iPad Saturday morning. Andrey Ternovskiy--though not a household name, his product has certainly become infamous--was also in line Saturday for a new iPad. Ternovsky is the inventor of sometimes-racy Chatroulette video Webcam site, and gave a sneak peek to fellow line waiters at the next version of the site, which appeared to be most G-rated. For now.

Update at 12:49 p.m. PDT: to indicate that Wozniak appeared at the San Jose, Calif., Apple store, not the Palo Alto store.

 

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