BGR Says Last Week's Steve Jobs Emails Are Real

Last week, BGR posted a Steve Jobs email exchange in which the CEO told an irate iPhone user to "calm down". Apple said the messages were fake, but BGR is standing by his story, offering the email headers as proof.

The exchange was an unusual one to begin with. Jobs is known to be brief in his personal emails to customers, but it read a little bit differently in response to this particular customer, incensed by issues with the iPhone 4 antenna. Shortly after their posting, a Fortune story cited a "top Apple spokesperson" denied that Steve Jobs wrote any of the emails.

But in a new post, BGR claims that the messages did indeed come from Steve Jobs' personal account, whether the CEO wrote them or not (except for the erroneously attributed "Retire, relax, enjoy your family. It is just a phone. Not worth it", which was written by the user). BGR posted the full email headers as proof.

BGR is a reliable source with a good track record, and we believe that the headers are, as he says, undoctered. But it's just as hard to believe that Apple PR is lying outright. It seems unlikely that they'll respond to BGR's claim, and I imagine we'll be left to decide for ourselves where exactly the emails came from. Check out the headers below and let us know what you think. [BGR]

Update: A reader writes:

I just looked at the email header BGR published in support of their claim of authenticity in regards to the leaked Jobs emails. For what it's worth, I used to work for Apple a few years back, and I recognize one of the mail forwarding servers in the header from an email I was once cc'd on.

My job role had it that I was occasionally cc'd on threads that Steve had been on before. So I can confirm for sure that the server names in the header are legit. Whether they are copypasta from previous, authentic leaks is, again, up to anyone's imagination

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