Fake Kernel Panic is the Ultimate Mac Prank
The kernel panic. You know the feeling when you get one, it’s that awful combination of dread and mortification knowing that you probably just lost whatever it is that you’re working on, and that your Mac might be in bad shape. You instantly start racking your brain with potential troubleshooting efforts to try and resolve what could be a worst case situation. It sucks.
If you’re feeling goofy and want to have a little fun with yourself or others, you could use this prank app on your Mac using and generate a fake kernel panic.
Simulate a Fake Kernel Panic in Mac OS X with iPanic
iPanic is a free app that perfectly imitates a kernel panic, complete with a slow screen draw and inability to use the mouse or keyboard. It works in all versions of OS X, so it doesn’t matter what is running, you can simulate a kernel panic with this prank app.
Launching the app by default leads to an instantaneous fake kernel panic, so there is all sorts of potential for humor with this one. Want to prank someone? Call them over and launch the iPanic app!
The app can be turned into a time-bomb of sorts by adjusting the time it takes for the fake kernel panic to show up, this is done by editing the apps Info.plist file if desired. Obviously you need to use discretion with this kind of thing since it’s a prank, so don’t be mean.
Sound like good fun, or a funny way to get out of something at the office? “Oh sorry, I can’t give the presentation today my Mac keeps crashing!” (just kidding). If you’re feeling mischievous, grab iPanic to simulate a fake kernel panic on a Mac.
For the record, Command+Q exits iPanic and leaves the fake Kernel Panic. It quits just like a real app does.
This is probably obvious to say, but this is not a real kernel panic, it’s just a screen shot of a kernel panic that overlays on the Mac display like a real one would. The Mac is not actually crashing or having any problem, it just opens a picture of the kernel panic screen and it can be immediately quit. Obviously the developer of this app had a little fun and wanted to pass it along to everyone else.
A kind of funny trick to play with the iPanic app is to change the icon to something commonly used, like the Safari icon or the Chrome icon, then place it in the Dock of OS X. Then, when you go to launch the Safari lookalike, it’s actually iPanic and the fake kernel panic shows up (and no that has no impact on the real Safari).
Awful stuff, awful prank! Just don’t be a jerk, don’t do this to anyone else, and be sure to explain how the app works to someone else if they find the prank app! Anyway this is all in good fun, maybe a good April Fools joke for your office computer.