Steve Jobs Offers Great Advice to Apple's Fans and Haters

[Update: Boy Genius Report now says the complaining Apple customer wrote this line, not Steve Jobs. Apple has called the entire e-mail exchange a hoax.]

An Apple customer furious over his iPhone 4's reception problems recently found himself involved in an e-mail exchange with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, which he forward on to The Boy Genius Report. Jobs' one-line responses succeeded only at infuriating the customer, who said he was "insulted" and called Jobs a "jackass." At the end of the exchange, Jobs offered this advice:

Retire, relax, enjoy your family. It is just a phone. Not worth it.

Easy for him to say. Jobs' net worth is valued at $5.5 billion, thanks in no small part to what is, after all, "just a phone."

Read the full story at The Boy Genius Report.

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Niraj Chokshi is a former staff editor at TheAtlantic.com, where he wrote about technology. He is currently freelancing and can be reached through his personal website, NirajC.com. More

Niraj previously reported on the business of the nation's largest law firms for The Recorder, a San Francisco legal newspaper. He has also been published in The Hartford Courant, The Seattle Times and The Age, in Melbourne, Australia. He's also a longtime programmer and sometimes website designer.

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