How to Punk an Apple Fanboy the Week of the iPhone Release

iPhone*Update* We’ve updated the fake articles with today’s date and have made it easy for anyone to use this as a prank on office workers. “How to” at the end of the article.


I work in Indianapolis and have a coworker who is obsessed with all things Apple, especially the iPhone. He’s ready. He’s got Indy Apple stores and AT&T locations on speed dial and is set for the biggest release since the iPod itself. This Friday at 6:00 p.m. was to be the beginning of his best weekend ever…. until…

A group of us at work decided to spoof an article in Indy’s most prominent local paper: the Indianapolis Star. What we did was scrape the website, pasted some of our own content into it, and changed DNS settings such that any browsing on our local network at work would reroute to our fake site that was made to look exactly like the real thing. We even did the same thing for so that we could mock up Apple’s site “crashing” due to heavy traffic in response to the unfortunate news of the iPhone being delayed.

Click on the images below to see how it looked. The first is the actual fake article that was displayed when the front page story was clicked on, and the second is the homepage with the title story about the iPhone delay. We could only let the joke run for so long (a couple hours). This guy was/is determined to get an iPhone and was considering purchasing a ticket to New York to avoid the supposed disaster of the iPhone being delayed for Indianapolis. And we’re not that mean.

See below for the text of our fake press release:


IndyStar1“AT&T Inc. and Apple Inc. announced on Wednesday morning that only portions of the United States would receive shipments of iPhones for the June 29 product launch.

Due to unforeseen production and distribution issues, the computer manufacturer has discreetly told select AT&T Stores and Apple Stores that the first shipment of the iPhone will not reach them. Instead, Apple will focus the first shipment of phones to larger markets, primarily the East and West Coasts.

Retail outlets that have been affected have been told that they would receive inventory in the second wave of shipments of the iPhone. Apple estimated this to mean arrival at the stores approximately one week to ten days after the initial launch.

States confirmed to be affected by this are: Colorado (with the exception of metro-Denver), Idaho, Illinois (with the exception of the metro-Chicago area), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota (with the exception of metro-Minneapolis-St. Paul), Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Consumers in these areas have been urged to order their iPhone from Apple’s online retail site, and will receive their iPhone with the second wave of shipments.

The highly anticipated gadget retails for $499 for a model with 4 gigabytes of storage and $599 for one with 8 gigabytes. It’s slated to go on sale at 6 p.m. local time Friday at Apple and AT&T retail stores as well as Apple’s Web site.

Apple claims the iPhone – which combines the functions of a cell phone, iPod media player and web-surfing device – will be easier to use than other smart phones because of its unique touch-screen display and intuitive software that allows for easy access to voice mail messages, the Internet, and video and music libraries.”

How To: If you have access to your in house DNS servers, create a CNAME entry for and that points to

  • renoboy

    so, basically, you guys have way too much time on your hands?

  • Hahahaha, I tried on my DNS and it worked, but not being in America, it’s not as effective…

  • Dan

    Possibly the lamest thing I’ve seen from the iPhone haters… use your energy to *create* something, if you can…

  • Eliot

    Yeah, that’s completely lame. But of course if Microsoft released something big and then Apple fanboys did something, it would be hilariously funny. Right…

  • Dan,

    I was in on this. And, for the record, I don’t hate the iPhone. It really could have been any object of obsessive affection to make this prank work. It’s just that the iPhone is that object for this week…

  • Keine

    Come on! This is funny, right? There’s no need to be all defensive.

  • Dan

    I’m sorry for my above remark, I grew up locked in a closet and have no clue what a practical is like nor how much fun it is to pull one.

  • mentalsticks

    Wow Dan, that is pathetic.
    Great prank guys.

  • lol now that’s hilarious!

  • ty

    Damn its nice outside!

  • Zeppo

    I like turtles.

  • Ebee

    This prank was hilarious but even more hilarious are those commenting who are getting upset

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  • Richard

    Lame is lame, no matter which shoe you put on it.

  • Alex

    It might be lame, but so is a $500 locked cellphone without 3G.

    You guys did well but you should’ve gone further. That’s what makes a good prank a GREAT prank. Or maybe I’m just nasty.

  • Tathagata

    “And we’re not that mean.”
    But great prank anyway … but nobody wants iPhone detox.

  • Mr. Raven

    Awesome prank, and I am by no means an Apple hater typing on a G5 tower here.

  • HAHA! This is great. Fanboys need to grow up and have a sense of humor.

  • Great stuff! Well done..

  • Brian

    So you have access to your DNS. I guess you are a windows admin? I can see why are you are so scared by the iPhone. 🙂

    Why not call someone and tell them their car just got demolished, etc…? That would be equally funny, i.e. not in the slightest.

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