Despite what I’ve said in the past, I do not despise the Mac. I like many things about the Mac—the look of the hardware, the cleanliness and crispness of the operating system, the modern feel it exudes.
But it’s not all strawberries and sunshine. Criticizing means caring.
The dock, usually located at the bottom of the screen, is that fancy thing that scales up icons when your mouse moves near it. This is great looking, makes it easy to launch applications, see if they’re running or trying to tell you something.
It’s also spending quite a bit of real-estate and the scale-up effect is quite annoying if you’re clicking near something near the dock. As shown in the picture to the right, to resize Safari you need to grab the bottom right corner and drag. But be careful and make sure you hit only the handle. If you get too close to the dock, whooop, up comes the dock ready to let you launch apps! If you move the mouse quickly or at times imprecisely like me, you’ll be annoyed plenty by this.
There has to be a better way. Officially, there isn’t1.
I can imagine a two ways that I think are better: 1) bury the icons in a menu, 2) allow windows to overlap the dock.
Or, Apple could just add some options for users like me, official options to remove the dock altogether or simply options to only have it appear on a specific keypress or corner bump.
What do you think? Is the dock the best thing to happen to computers? Or could it be rethought into something smarter?