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Dock is an iconic graphical user interface (GUI) feature of the Mac OS X operating system. Dock provides a quick method for the user to launch and alternate software applications.
Dock is similar to ObjectDock and RocketDock on Windows operating systems.
Dock is a feature of NEXTSTEP and OpenStep, which were Mac OS X predecessors. A separate iPhone operating system version is used with the iPhone and iPad.
Dock features include:
Dock was patented in October 2008.