Why didn't Apple make the dock like this?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by 007 Junior, Dec 30, 2016.

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The full-width dock looks way nicer than the current one.

  1. Absolutely!

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  2. Hell no.

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  1. 007 Junior macrumors regular

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    #1
    Ever since Yosemite, I wondered why Apple hasn't stretched out the dock over the entire surface of the screen. Just like it is on the iPhone and iPad. That way it has a way more consistent look than the current 'floating' dock. I managed to create the dock, as I had it in mind, with cDock and I'm wondering what you guys think. Is it better or do you rather stick with the 'floating' dock?

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  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Nah...
    The Dock in macOS is a very different animal, compared to the Dock in iOS. The size of both the Dock, and the icons in the Dock are dynamic. The macOS Dock is continually modified with more icons as you open other apps.
    Some folks use a Dock with only minimal icons, or don't ever use the Dock, leaving it hidden at all times.
    Some folks put the Dock on the side (I leave it on the right, and never use the bottom position), and having the dock available at all times, without needing to go to the home screen, then, of course, using the dock icons as drop points for files, either the copy files to folders, or to launch applications simply by dropping files on the dock icon - etc, etc, etc.
    All part of the macOS experience, which is different in many ways from iOS.
    I can easily extend the Dock to cover the edge of the screen, but I use the non-Dock areas in the corners for other purposes, such as dragging windows or files to those positions for easy retrieval. Yes, I know there are other ways to do this, but it is a part of my workflow. Can't do the same things on iOS. Hot Corners don't work the same with a fully extended Dock.
    Bottom line - it's macOS, and the floating Dock is better.

    But, to answer your question - I like the "look" of the full width Dock, but I won't ever use it that way if I have the choice, and it's not related to how it looks. It's the usability when floating (for me!)
     
  3. zhaoxin macrumors regular

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    I don't like your idea either. I am using both iMac 5K 27 and MacBook Air 13. I always short docks into small sizes and put dockbar on the left of screen with auto-hiding.

    Your idea is a subset of current pattern. But not everyone is like you, nor me. So flexibility here is good for everyone.
     
  4. apple_iBoy macrumors 6502a

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    I do miss being able to pin the dock to right side along the bottom of the screen with a terminal command. I think having the Trash being a moving target is silly.
     
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    It's fine until you're in other apps, especially on the 13" and less screens. Even though it would have the same dynamics as the original Dock, having the two corners pinned would make it look more cramped.
     
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    The Dock on my system is pinned to the left and has enough stuff in it to keep it full size on my LG 5K display. I like that the Dock does not extend to the very top and bottom of the screen.
     
  7. fisherking macrumors 603

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    how is the trash a 'moving target'? do you have magnification on? (in the dock's system preference settings)?
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    "I do miss being able to pin the dock to right side along the bottom of the screen with a terminal command."

    I agree.

    I DISagree with the OP's idea. I prefer a dock that is "compact" and doesn't take up an entire stretch of the display.

    I keep mine on the right side, and before Apple made it impossible to do so, I also had it "pegged" to the lower right corner, which (on the original Mac OS) was the normal spot for the trash can icon.
     
  9. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    I guess it would work OK on my 12" MacBook, though the current dock design doesn't bother me at all. Can't imagine a dock that size on my 27" iMac though - that would be hideous.

    The one dock improvement I would DESPERATELY like to see, is the ability to pin the bottom dock to a specific display. I prefer the bottom dock location, but it drives me batty when it jumps to the other display if I let my pointer drop too low.
     
  10. apple_iBoy macrumors 6502a

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    Because as things move in and out of the dock, it expands and contracts, in both directions. Pinning the dock to the bottom side of the screen made the trash accessible by muscle memory, like on the classic desktop (pinning to the other side would accomplish the same thing for the Finder).
     
  11. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Not sure when was last time that I actually dragged something to the trash. It's always right-click, move to trash as it exists in the menu, eh? I may click on the Dock trash to see what is already IN the trash, but I only drag to it a couple times a year, maybe.
     
  12. fisherking macrumors 603

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    this, or highlight, then Command-Delete... anyway, is it when the dock is full screen, or? mine doesn't 'animate' when i go to put something in the trash...
     
  13. Apple 26.2 Contributor

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    I don't know why they didn't, but I'm with OP... I like the wider Dock. Guess we're in the minority!
     
  14. TheBacklash macrumors 6502

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    Used cDock to get my 3d Dock back. Never liked the current iOS/OS X version.
     
  15. niji macrumors 6502a

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    probably no more peripherals made by apple.

    its hard to understand how an eco-system can survive without peripherals.
    but that seems to be apple's forward strategy.

    how can only iPhone / iOS keep apple afloat i have no idea.
     
  16. fisherking macrumors 603

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    what's this have to do with the thread? just curious... :D
     
  17. Gesturthor macrumors member

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    Dock medium size, on the left side with auto hide as default. It gives me more space on the screen
     

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