Steve Jobs iPhone 4 E-mails: Apple Denies, BGR Maintains

Apple is saying the alleged Jobs e-mails are fake, having contacted Fortune magazine and other sources and "emphatically" denying that Apple CEO Jobs reached out to angry iPhone 4 users himself.

The dust-up began Thursday, when Boy Genius Report published what appeared to be correspondence between Apple engineers and a Virginia-based Apple iPhone 4 user, said to have gotten Apple's attention after posting to YouTube a video of his demonstrating how to block the signal on an iPhone 4.

As it appeared in Boy Genius Report the correspondence between the user and the Apple engineer reached Jobs, who appeared to respond to the user, "Tom," by telling him, "No, you are getting all worked up over a few days of rumors. Calm down."

The alleged exchange escalates, with Jobs appearing to tell the user he may be "working from bad data," and user urging Jobs, among other suggestions, to "stop with the jackass comments."

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As of Friday morning, Boy Genius Report, maintains the correspondence is legitimate. Boy Genius Report has also added several rounds of screenshots following the response from Apple's public relations team.

In another twist, Apple Insider on Thursday reported that a Virginia man named Jason Burford contacted them about selling a similar-looking e-mail exchange.

Boy Genius Report has not disclosed whether it paid the Virginia man for the alleged Jobs exchange e-mails. In the updated screenshots it posted late Thursday, the sender's name appears to be Jason Burford. When it first published the alleged correspondence, Boy Genius Report used the name Tom.

Neither Apple nor Boy Genius Report responded to requests for comment by early Friday.