BGR Says Last Week's Steve Jobs Emails Are RealS

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 has been brief in the other emails we've seen, but it read a little differently in response to this particular customer, incensed by issues with the iPhone 4 antenna. Shortly after they were posted, a Fortune story cited a "top Apple spokesperson" who "emphatically" denied that Steve Jobs wrote any of the emails.

But in a new post, Boy Genius Report 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 angry iPhone guy). 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 also hard to believe that Apple would lie about Jobs writing the emails, or that they'd insinuate that even if they did come from his personal account, they weren't written by Jobs himself. Then again, Apple's PR team wasn't exactly truthful about the CEO's health condition when that was first reported, either.

It seems unlikely that Apple will 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

The full email headers:

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