Launch Pad to replace dock?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by The JTizzle, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. The JTizzle macrumors 6502

    The JTizzle

    Jun 14, 2009
    Any one think this might happen in the future? With all the push to do full screen apps that hide the dock, LP would seem to be a possible replacement esp with the push to make Mac more iOS like.
  2. paulsalter macrumors 68000


    Aug 10, 2008
    Nothing would surprise me

    but if launchpad becomes the main way to open apps, with no dock, then its good bye os x for me
  3. The JTizzle thread starter macrumors 6502

    The JTizzle

    Jun 14, 2009
    LP would need some serious work to take over first, its still way to basic, but was just a thought I hand.
  4. lfc macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2010
    I see the LaunchPad as a replacement for the Applications folder. Personally I don't see the dock ever being replaced, it's just too perfect <3
  5. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011

    LP is for _all_ of your apps.

    Dock is for your fav apps.
  6. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    How about the launchpad screen getting a dock at the bottom, like iOS?

    I can see the dock disappearing, it makes perfect sense and confirms Apple's advance to iOS style operation - no windowed apps.
  7. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Isn't that how it already is though? Except that, unlike in iOS, docked apps appear twice.

  8. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Why not have the dock remain at all times, including launchpad?
  9. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    Seriously dude? :rolleyes:

    The Dock isn't going anywhere...unlike the Launch Pad it also supports folders with documents inside. It's still necessary.
  10. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    If it ain't broken, don't fix it. Dock will live.
  11. Darien Red Sox macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    CT, USA
    It is nice to see Launch Pad come back. I forget what pre-OS X system had it
  12. buckyballs macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2006

    I personally still prefer to keep the Applications folder as a Stack in my Dock though tbh.
  13. tcador macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    Same here
  14. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Since there is a Dock in iOS, I find this idea highly unlikely.
  15. haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    The problem with Launch Pad is that it's too geared toward touch-screens, which no machine running OS X currently has! There's a fundamental disconnect between the Magic Touchpad and the screen, same as with the touchpad for a laptop and it's screen, same as for a keyboard and mouse and the screen. This means that Launch Pad is essential a design with no problem to solve.

    If iMacs or the laptops were to start coming out with touch-screens (I'd love a touch screen iMac) then Launch Pad could be great, but even so, for proper laptop and desktop use a touch-screen is more of a hindrance and novelty feature.

    Launch Pad bound to a key-press is interesting, but it doesn't really solve any problem that the Dock can't, and the Dock does it better. I have my dock with hiding and magnify on, and my applications all sensibly grouped, and it's just so easy to use.

    If Launch Pad could extend this into a full 2d (rather than purely horizontal) space, as a sort of mash-up of Dock + Stacks, then it could be a great usability feature or even replacement for the dock, but it would require a ton more work, and it isn't even clear if that's Apple's intended direction. It just seems like they've taken the menu from the iOS and said "hey let's slap it in OS X and call it a feature", but in reality it's not a very good one.

    It just seems like a bit of a lost opportunity, it even lacks other potential benefits like App Store integration, which could have been great; see and use all your installed apps, with quick access to new apps or updates, and all in a managed interface for handling easy install/uninstall. Instead we're getting two separate entities, neither of which fully feel like they belong.

    Whew, that turned into a bit of an essay! Not a complaint against Lion, as I fully intend to get it for the many other features it has, Launch Pad just isn't one of the ones I see myself ever actually using in its current form.
  16. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    Launchpad would need two things for me to even consider using it as a replacement for the Dock:

    -The ability to remove apps other than those bought from the Mac App Store. Right now, it's cluttered with a bunch of small junk apps and installers that come with the Adobe CS and Microsoft Office (like Office's Setup Assistant, among others).

    -The ability to highlight apps quickly by typing their name and launch them by hitting Enter. This (for me) would make Launchpad much more useful than it is now and at least partly make up for the quick accessibility of the Dock.
  17. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    I see no use whatsoever for Launchpad in it's present form. Removed it from my dock.
  18. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I liked when stacks came in but better when stacks improved to allow multiple view styles including using grid view to drill down through folders. To me, this is better than LP in a way. However, LP let's you group/categorize apps that the application stack does not. Though I hear it is quite buggy still in what it will let you delete and reverting after restarts, etc.
  19. Brammy macrumors 65816

    Sep 17, 2008
    I use Launchpad as a secondary dock. My every day apps, or at least apps I want in a consistent spot on my dock, are docked. Second-tier apps are on the launchpad.

    it's a little quicker to three finger pinch and click an app than invoke Spotlight.

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