The application Dock exhibits a vastly different behavior on the macOS platform than it does on any iPhone or iPad, and if you wish that wasn’t the case, then you might take an interest in a free jailbreak tweak called Harbor 2 by iOS developer Evan Swick.
Harbor 2 is based on the original Harbor tweak, which delivered a macOS-like Dock experience on the iOS platform. With it, you can scroll through your apps with your finger and much like on your Mac, you’ll see a magnification effect as you do this, much like what you see in the screenshot examples above.
One of the several benefits Harbor 2 brings to the table is that you can break the traditional four-icon limit and add almost as many apps as you’d like.
Harbor automatically resizes the Dock to align with the number of apps you’ve added, and as you might come to expect, and this means things can get small somewhat fast. For this reason, the tweak’s built-in macOS-like magnification comes in handy.
Harbor 2 adds a preference pane to the Settings app where you can configure a few different options:
Here, you can:
- Configure the wave animation width via slider
- Configure the wave animation height via slider
- Toggle the classic spring animation on or off on demand
Harbor 2 seems to work rather fluidly on any jailbroken iOS 12 device. If you’re interested in a more immersive application Dock experience for yourself, then you can download Harbor 2 for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository.
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