Apple’s answer might be as simple as, “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” However, I suspect there’s more to it than that. The Dock is out of the way by living on the sidelines, yet always available.
Now, imagine what the Dock would look like if, instead of a long line of icons, all those icons were rolled up into a circular donut shape. That’s what Ring Menu does. It’s a floating Dock-like app launcher folder opener file finder which looks a bit like a donut, though also looks like a telephone dial (the kind everyone’s grandmother had back in the day).
Think big circle with app icons.
Ring Menu isn’t all glitter and no glamor, either. It’s a circular Dock-like menu, yes, but it’s easily accessed from within any app. Add app icons, files, and folders the same way you would the Dock– drag and drop.
Keyboard shortcuts bring Ring Menu to the screen, or use trackpad gestures. Once you’ve tried it and used it a few hours you’ll see why many Mac users think it’s a viable alternative to the Dock. But, unlike the Dock, Ring Menu is customizable, with options for ring color, size, zoom, and more. Even better, it works like the Dock. Click to open an app or document, click to open a folder to reveal files inside.
Ring Menu is nicely done, modestly priced, easy to setup and use. It’s the Dock, but in rolled up into a donut.