Now that the iMessage protocol supports animated gifs, you can play an incredibly stupid prank on your friends by sending them this amusing animated image of the infamous “typing” animation that plays when the person on the other end of an iMessage conversation is in the midst of a reply.

All you need to do is send someone a message or two that suggests a juicy reply is coming.. then copy and paste the animated gif below of the ‘typing’ indicator, which loops continuously, and send that instead of another message:

iMessage sending animated gif

The result; it looks like you are typing for 200 years, possibly an eternity, as the recipient waits ever impatiently for a reply.

iMessage prank

This little trick comes from the appropriately named site “Miscellaneous Mischief“, and though it made the rounds about a month ago, I wasn’t convinced it would work until someone played the prank on me today… so if I fell for it, then I’m sure other iPhone and iPad users will too. Give it a try, it’s good fun. It works for OS X too, but if you really want to play a (terribly horrible no good) prank on a Mac user, give them a fake kernel panic with this.

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