My husband uses Terminal.app. I seldom touch it. We don’t use Boot Camp to use Windows.Grapher never gets used and ditto for Voice Over utility. Migration assistant? Nope. Audio MIDI Setup? Uh uh. I have used ColorSync Utility and tried the Digital Color Meter.
What else doesn’t get used on a Mac? Fantastical is my substitute for Calendar. I don’t bother much with TextEdit but I tried out Launchpad. Once. That’s a Mac app that nobody uses, too. At least, according to my unofficial and unscientific survey of family, friends, and co-workers.
What is Launchpad?
It’s the iPhone and iPad app launcher for the Mac. Seriously. That’s what it is. A launcher that looks and works much like the Launchpad on iOS devices. What you get is a Mac screen full of applications from the Applications and Utilities folders. They look just like a screen full of apps on iPhone or iPad.
The app icons work much like app icons on an iPhone or iPad. Click and they jiggle. Click and drag and you can move the app icons around the screen and put them where you want. And, just like Launchpad for iOS, you can drag app icons onto other app icons to create a folder of apps.
Here’s what one of my Launchpad screens looks like on our iMac. Yes, I have too many applications.
With more than a little effort you can organize the Mac’s Launchpad screen to be a custom launcher which is easy to use– point and click– or, even organize it to match your iPad and iPhone (to a degree).
Obviously, many millions of new Mac customers in recent years had iPhones and iPads first, and the Launchpad makes using a Mac more comfortable, familiar, and, frankly, easier to use than the Dock or the Finder.
There have been a few Launchpad organizers available in the past, but none that I would recommend. Most have not been updated in years and constitute good examples of abandonware.
To be honest, Launchpad isn’t bad at all. It’s just not Mac-like in nature. It’s like the iOS launchpad. The Mac app takes time and effort to organize, and some discipline to use, so that might be why all the Mac users I know, the aforementioned friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers– don’t use Launchpad.