Everybody knows that there are a few fake Steve Jobs out there. Just a while ago we had a reputable news organization use a fake Steve’s tweet to report an iPhone 4 recall, which we know won’t be happening anytime soon. It seems people are now making up and sharing fake conversations with Steve Jobs and stirring the pot in the process. The Boy Genius Report recently reported a conversation between Steve Jobs and an iPhone 4 owner in which Steve was a bit dismissal of iPhone 4 issues. According to Apple’s PR department, those conversations may be fake. Here are a few things Mr. Jobs allegedly has said to customers:
- No, you are getting all worked up over a few days of rumors. Calm down.
- You are most likely in an area with very low signal strength.
- You may be working from bad data. Not your fault. Stay tuned. We are working on it.
- “Retire, relax, enjoy your family. It is just a phone. Not worth it.” (attributed both to Mr. Jobs and the customer)
Could Steve be the author of some of these quotes? It’s possible. The last one certainly sounds fake. Steve Jobs would never put down iPhone when talking to customers.
CNET is reporting that at least one of those conversations is fake. Whatever the case, Apple needs to get its act together. Could it be that Apple’s CEO slipped up and the company’s now in damage control mode? It’s not impossible. It’s truly surprising that Steve Jobs does not go after those fake accounts. Fake quotes may not always be a big problem for Apple, but it’s time now for Steve to deal with his fake accounts.
Chances are we will see a minor fix for the “death grip” issue in the very near future. It is just sad that some people are so desperate they are willing to sell fake conversations to top blogs (if those are indeed fake).