J. Jason Burford of Richmond said in an article published by InformationWeek that he sold a series of emails between him and Jobs to a technology blog called Boy Genius. In the emails, Burford grills Jobs over reception issues with the new iPhone4. The responses, purported to be from Steve Jobs, who is known to personally to reply to emails to his public address, are short and and to the point.
Here is a bit from the InformationWeek Story:
AppleInsider reported Thursday that Burford had tried to sell the email thread to the site two days before. Burford acknowledged sending an email to the site, but said he only made a “tongue-in-cheek” reference to payment. “It was more of a joke,” he said. “I said I wanted money to buy a new phone.”
Most traditional news media refuse to pay news sources for information.
Here is the first exchange between Burford and Jobs. Burford’s name was omitted at the time and replaced with Tom:
When we spoke, you would not tell me that there is a fix for this phone?
A friend just sent me this: http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/06/29/leaked-apples-internal-iphone-4-antenna-troubleshooting-procedures/
I assume there is no fix then. If this is legit, I have lost all respect for apple and just want to go back to Verizon and get a nice Android phone. And don’t tell me they have the same issues, all our co-workers with Androids are just mocking us right now…. “Hey, I am going to go in the basement and continue my call. You can use my office on the 2nd floor so you can get a signal”. You are going to kill your brand over one product. Apple is coming off arrogant and rude. If there is no fix just tell people so they can return their phones. We have work to do. 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.
This is just sickening,
Here is Steve Jobs’ reply:
No, you are getting all worked up over a few days of rumors. Calm down.
You can read the full post at Boy Genius. The emails elicited a statement from Apple’s PR department that claimed the email thread was a fake. In the InformationWeek story, Burford said that the e-mails were genuine, although he isn’t positive whether the responses are from Jobs or Apple employees.