The purported e-mail exchange started after a person BGR called “Tom” uploaded one of the many YouTube videos showing how the iPhone 4’s cellular signal degrades when held a certain way.
The person BGR identified as Tom was later revealed to be Jason Burford of Richmond, Virginia. Burford says that Apple contacted him and asked him to not to post further YouTube videos showing the iPhone 4 antenna issue, according to BGR. Burford then sent a follow-up e-mail to Apple and cc’d Jobs resulting in the purported exchange with Apple’s chief.
Shortly after BGR’s story came out, however, AppleInsider reported that Burford had approached the blog and offered to sell his e-mail exchange with Jobs to AI. Burford said the e-mail headers for the messages proved its authenticity, and quoted Jobs’ purported comment that Burford should “calm down.” BGR has not stated whether or not the blog paid for the e-mail exchange.
A few hours after AI published its report, Fortune received a response from Apple PR stating that the Jobs did not write the e-mail responses as published by BGR.
BGR Not Backing Down
Despite the denial from Apple PR, BGR is not backing down from its position that the e-mail exchange is “100% legitimate.” The blog has updated its post with a copy of the e-mail headers and full exchange showing Burford discussing the issue with email@example.com, Jobs’ well-publicized public e-mail address. BGR has also posted screenshots of the e-mail exchange contained within the iPhone’s Mail application and shots of the e-mail exchange on a computer screen within a desktop e-mail client.
So what do you think? Has BGR supplied enough proof to convince you or do you believe Apple PR’s stringent denial that the e-mails are fakes?