Letters to Uncle Steve: 12 Punchy Steve Jobs Email Replies

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“I love checkin’ my email…”

Steve Jobs’ email is easily available to the public. A quick Google search will reveal how one can contact the Apple CEO. Believe it or not, he has been known to respond. Quite often, actually, and perhaps more often now than he ever has.

His terse, one- or two-word responses are almost as recognizable as the devices the company is known for. Given the insane number of emails he must receive on any given day, it’s interesting that he often responds to many of them personally.

Let’s take a look at some of the interesting emails we’ve seen from Steve:

On Adobe:

Do you hate Adobe and their products (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc) or do you just hate their view on Flash?


I respect and admire Adobe. We just chose to not have Flash on our devices.

Sent from my iPhone


New iTunes Logo:


Enjoyed the presentation today. But … this new iTunes logo really sucks. You’re taking 10+ years of instant product recognition and replacing it with an unknown. Let’s both cross our fingers on this….


We disagree.

Sent from my iPhone


Wireless Syncing:

Do you think you will ever allow syncing iPhone to Mac over wifi?


Yep, someday. 


Regarding 3GS Battery Life on iOS4:


Any reason battery performance on a 3GS running iOS4 should be worse than it was running OS3?


Sent from my iPhone

Rumors of AirPrint Being Removed from iOS 4.2:

Good Morning, Mr. Jobs:

As a release-day purchaser of an iPad, I was elated when you revealed iOS 4.2 would support AirPrint. Now comes reports AirPrint support has been pulled from 4.2. Between announcements/assurances of the white iPhone, and now the pulling of AirPrint, is Apple going to lose credibility and become known for announcing ‘vaporware’?


AirPrint has not been pulled. Don’t believe everything you read.


On Why XServe is Getting the Can:


A lot of worker as us, live with Apple Pro Apps, OS X Pro Apps, OS X infrastructure (Xserve, XSan, RIP XServe RAID…..)

The end of the XServe is a knight in our back…why not sending this activity to Filemaker or making an other company: “Apple Pro Consumer” or “Apple iPro”? or Licensing Mac OS X Server to VMWare or MSFT HyperV for example? or licensing Xserve as you did with Promise for XServe RAID ?

We need PRO Serves 1 U.

Thanks for what you do, but please… no like this …

Best regards

Sorry for my bad language (I am french)


Hardly anyone was buying them.

Sent from my iPhone


 Newsweek Article:

Mr. Jobs,

Newsweek just ran an “obituary” for the mac saying the mac has been “relegated to the steaming dung heap of the past.”

I hope he’s wrong. I believe and hope that the mac will remain a vibrant, vital part of Apple’s future and one of its(admittedly many) product lines.

So, as you view it, does the mac have a long and important history ahead of it?



Completely Wrong. Just wait.

Sent from my iPhone


64-Bit Final Cut Studio, Stay Tuned:

Greetings Mr. Jobs,

I was excited to see the announcements you made today, but was left hanging when there was no announcement of an updated Final Cut Studio. I hope you and others at Apple will remember that your foundation was built on the backs of professional new media producers and scientists who have loved your professional computers and software for years. When will you release an updated version of the Final Cut Studio that will take FULL ADVANTAGE of the wonderful desktop computers and the large amount of RAM they can hold?!?! We need a 64-bit version of Final Cut Studio. Please!

Evan Agee


Stay tuned and buckle up.
Sent from my iPhone


The iPad Mute Switch:

In IOS 4.2 for iPad is the switch on the side going to be the mute and not screen orientation lock from now on?




Are you planning to make that a changeable option?




Mac App Store:

There’s a rumor saying there will be a Mac App Store and no software without authorization from Apple will run on Mac OS X. Is that true?

Fernando Valente




On HIs Backing of Pro-Organ Donation Bill (This one is kind of depressing, but a bit heartwarming):

Thank you, you’re awesome.

I lost my girlfriend on April 23, 2008 from melanoma which spread rapidly to her liver, 48 hours after we found out it spread to her liver she sadly passed away….she was only 24 and I think about her every day. I am so grateful you took time out to do this. My girlfriend and I are from Cupertino, since childhood, and it’s really nice to see the hometown hero take time out to do this.

Once again, thank you so much.




Your most welcome, James. I’m sorry about your girlfriend. Life is fragile.


Sent from my iPad


Of course there is also the doozy of all Steve Jobs email exchanges, the chat with the Gawker editor:

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 Bonus: Close Encounters With Steve

[I’m a] former employee. He likes to make surprise visits to the New York stores and has been know to frown upon employees who boast and get all fan boy at him.

Also a BIG no no is smoking outside in uniform. Its is company policy but often overlooked. He has been known to crack the whip on people because of it. After the Upper West Side location opened he made one of his famous visits and catches an older employee smoking outside with his uniform on (under a jacket mind you) and asks him “You work here?” to which the employee responds “More than you do…” Jobs chuckled, and shook his hand and walked away leaving his job intact…



My favorite SJ story from my brother while he was working at the Palo Alto Apple Store. Jobs came in with his daughter who had done something to her disk drive on her iMac G4. They came to visit the Genius bar (yes, he made his daughter go to the Genius Bar. She stuck something in her computer to break it so it was her responsibility to get it fixed). As the waited, Steve was perusing the accessory wall and deep in thought blurted out, in front of employees and customers standing around him: “Griffin makes SUCH SHIT“. Then turned around and walked to the Genius bar. 


But Why Email? 

Steve Jobs is probably the only high-profile CEO we know of that makes his email address available. We can’t 100 percent confirm that the email exchanges are real, aside from the one he had with the Gawker editor (which he spoke about later in an interview). Still, he’s said publicly before that he does personally respond to his emails, so it’s no surprise if those messages are from him.


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