Exclusive conversations with Steve Jobs up for sale

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in iPhone edited January 2014
A Virginia man who apparently posted a YouTube video demonstrating his ability to block signal on an iPhone 4 reported was contacted by Apple, resulting in an email exchange that was later shopped around to the tech media as a paid story.



The exchange, published as a "conversation with Steve Jobs" by BGR, was attributed to a reader named "Tom," without any mention that the individual had shopped the emails around asking for money.



Two days ago, AppleInsider was contacted by Jason Burford of Burford Advertising, a small family run firm that creates video commercials for a variety of local businesses. In the email, Burford wrote "email exchange from jobs. 'Calm down' 'rumors.' for sale. Will send headers for proof." When asked for more information about what he was presenting, Burford replied, "I do not wish to share all of it because I kinda went off on him and it is embarrassing."



In the email exchange published by BGR, Burford expressed anger about the AppleCare policies that were leaked last week, in which Apple employees are instructed to frame the signal issue as a normal consequence of wrapping one's hand around a small mobile radio device. It also tells AppleCare representatives not to "appease" users with promises of free Apple Bumper cases.



"I have bought just about every apple product made in the last 20 years and this is the 1st time I am ashamed to be a MAC fan," the user wrote to the Apple engineer who contacted him about the video. "This is just sickening."







Enter Steve Jobs



The response was scaled up to Apple's chief executive Steve Jobs, who reportedly responded, "No, you are getting all worked up over a few days of rumors. Calm down."



AppleInsider noted last week that subsequently redacted online discussions with tech support referred to an impending iOS 4.0.1 release designed to address early issues with the new operating system, including an issue with how the phone selects different frequencies.



Macrumors followed up with a report of an email attributed to Steve Jobs which simply said, "There are no reception issues. Stay Tuned."



?Calm down" ?rumors?



"I am really insulted? 'Calm down'?. 'rumors'? What arrogance," the user replied, "This is will be marked as the begging of the end of Apple. Seriously, DO THE RIGHT THING. I just had dinner with 3 people who had iPhone 4s we all cant make calls without dropping. There is no rumors it is reality."



"You are most likely in an area with very low signal strength," Jobs reportedly responded, to which the user replied, "Stop with jackass comments. I have has every iphone made. They all had a bad signal but this is the so much worse X3. The whole country is is in a 'low signal strength' in reality? all but apple campus and your house it seems? AT&T maps are a joke. I am in 'excellent' to 'good' coverage and on my iPhone 1, Iphone 3G, and my iPhone 3Gs, I could at least make a telephone call. After all, it is a phone. Iphone 4?. 5 bars?.. touch the phone? ZERO bars call drops.



"Steve. IT DOES NOT WORK! Geezzz I hope this this is not really you. Are we on a different MHz? I have yet to see an iPhone [4] work in Richmond when you hold it in your hand. It is not 'isolated'. I was a big fan. But I am done."



Jobs reportedly sent two more replies, the first stating, "You may be working from bad data. Not your fault. Stay tuned. We are working on it." Later, a second email was said to say, "Retire, relax, enjoy your family. It is just a phone. Not worth it."



The man who emailed golden eggs



Burford did not ask for a specific amount of money for his email exchange with Jobs, and BGR has not yet made any comment about how much it paid to obtain the emails.



With Jobs now sending regular replies to users, publishing his comments may turn into a cottage industry, although Apple shareholders would likely prefer to see Jobs' comments appear in an official blog or twitter feed, rather than sent randomly to users who may or may not frame them accurately when they present them for publication.



A similarly passionate email exchange occurred between Jobs and Gawker Media's Ryan Tate, which Tate later printed as an "amazing email exchange with Steve Jobs."



In that exchange, Tate, who said he was drinking when he wrote the emails, insisted that Jobs carry porn in the App Store and belligerently advocated Adobe Flash. When publishing the exchange, Tate admitted his some of his comments were "silly" and contained "regrettable lines."



Tate subsequently published a story about a woman who was unable to buy an iPad because she didn't have a credit card, which framed the situation as Apple "refusing a poor disabled woman?s business."
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 117
    8corewhore8corewhore Posts: 833member
    He's embarrassed unless he's getting paid. How can the public trust that claimed email exchanges are real? What, because There are headers? This stuff can't be faked?



    Notice the "STAY TUNED" on this guys bio!!!!!
  • Reply 2 of 117
    iansilviansilv Posts: 283member
    These people are douchebags.
  • Reply 3 of 117
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iansilv View Post


    These people are douchebags.







    That's what I was going to write, but you beat me to it.
  • Reply 4 of 117
    g3prog3pro Posts: 669member
    I think it was just confirmed what we knew all along: Steve Jobs is an arrogant tool.
  • Reply 5 of 117
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,728member
    This guy lost all credibility the moment he put his story up for the highest bidder. As far as I'm concerned, he was in for the exposure.



    Steve Jobs is one of the few that takes the time to respond to the average joe. Kiss all that goodbye thanks to greedy pr***s like this guy.



    Douchebaggery at its finest.
  • Reply 6 of 117
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 8CoreWhore View Post


    He's embarrassed unless he's getting paid. How can the public trust that claimed email exchanges are real? What, because There are headers? This stuff can't be faked?





    Judging by his writing style, I wouldn't imagine he is smart enough to hack the headers.



    The guy is a little full of himself. Well, maybe both are that, now that I think about it. At least Steve doesn't let people get to him. He stays calm.
  • Reply 7 of 117
    ihxoihxo Posts: 563member
    Quote:

    Burford replied, "I do not wish to share all of it because I kinda went off on him and it is embarrassing."



    so it's ok for him to sell everything he got from Steve jobs, but it's not okay to sell his embarrassing emails?



    He's probably just pissed that Steve Jobs' kept his calm.
  • Reply 8 of 117
    I call shenanigans. No way did Mr. Jobs say to "just calm down, its just a phone."
  • Reply 9 of 117
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post


    This guy lost all credibility the moment he put his story up for the highest bidder. As far as I'm concerned, he was in for the exposure.



    Steve Jobs is one of the few that takes the time to respond to the average joe. Kiss all that goodbye thanks to greedy pr***s like this guy.



    Douchebaggery at its finest.



    AMEN to that!
  • Reply 10 of 117
    ...to return the Phone. Honestly people, every single iPhone 4 sold at this point is within it's return policy. Do us all a favor and take it back and STFU.



    It's embarrassing the amount of whining going on right now, no one is making you keep the thing.
  • Reply 11 of 117
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by g3pro View Post


    I think it was just confirmed what we knew all along: Steve Jobs is an arrogant tool.



    And a very wealthy one at that.
  • Reply 12 of 117
    curmudgeoncurmudgeon Posts: 483member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by David Scubadiver View Post


    I call shenanigans. No way did Mr. Jobs say to "just calm down, its just a phone."



    I actually hope that quote is accurate. It's my feelings exactly. I'm stunned how wildly people are reacting when told they might have to hold their phones slightly differently. They act like the world is coming to an end.
  • Reply 13 of 117
    monstrositymonstrosity Posts: 2,234member
    What an idiot.
  • Reply 14 of 117
    kyle76kyle76 Posts: 54member
    Jason lost all tech credibility when I saw the picture of his computer monitor.
  • Reply 15 of 117
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by David Scubadiver View Post


    I call shenanigans. No way did Mr. Jobs say to "just calm down, its just a phone."



    No that's way too polite
  • Reply 16 of 117
    mazda 3smazda 3s Posts: 1,607member
    OK, I admit that I'm a little peeved about Apple's response to this whole thing, but this guy is an absolute douchebag.



    He had Jobs' ear, yet he didn't even address the matter logically or would good common sense. I'm sure that half of the trolls on this forum could have drafted a better response/argument to Jobs.
  • Reply 17 of 117
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
    GBR paid for this? Ugh! That really is stupid.
  • Reply 18 of 117
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by g3pro View Post


    I think it was just confirmed what we knew all along: Steve Jobs is an arrogant tool.



    I think when you bring a company back from near extinction to become the second most valuable company in the entire country you are entitled to a little arrogance. Besides, if someone blames you for something not working that you put a lot of time and effort on, wouldn't you be a little defensive as well? We're talking about a phone here, it isn't like there are millions of gallons of crude oil leaking into the ocean.
  • Reply 19 of 117
    stlbluesfanstlbluesfan Posts: 353member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kyle76 View Post


    Jason lost all tech credibility when I saw the picture of his computer monitor.



    Take another look. Closely. And then tell us what that says about your tech credibility.
  • Reply 20 of 117
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,528member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mstone View Post


    Judging by his writing style, I wouldn't imagine he is smart enough to hack the headers.



    Seriously! This guy works at an advertising agency? His grammar and spelling would embarrass a

    high school freshman.



    It looks like mom and dad gave him a job.
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