There is something about time that intrigues me. I own more than my share of clocks; some handed down from generations before me, some I collected through the years, and even more that take up space on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad as digital clocks.
My favorite digital clock is the one in iPhone. It’s called Clock and it’s packed with exactly the features I want, save one. There’s World Clock, Alarm, Stopwatch, Timer, and the new Bedtime. Even better, you can have many alarms and they override the iPhone’s Do Not Disturb function. What about the Mac?
Back In Time
My caveat to the love of iPhone’s Clock is that it does not sync between devices. Hey, there’s not even a Mac version of clock. How difficult would it be to set up a Clock that syncs on all Apple’s devices, Apple?
Alright, if you’re into clocks for the Mac the Mac App Store has plenty. Here’s one I use. It’s called +Clock. Yes, + with the little + sign. So I’m going to call it Plus Clock. What you get is mostly self explanatory, as clocks tend to be.
Except for synchronization with iPhone’s Clock, what you get is what you expect and the price is about right for the functionality within.
Plus Clock sits in the Mac’s Dock. It has a stack of expected features but missing what makes iPhone’s Clock so good.
- Customize the timezones (you choose)
- Customize appearance; light, dark, etc.
- Choose from 8 clock designs
- Launch Plus Clock at startup
- Choose Dock icon badge
And, that’s a wrap. Nope. Nothing else. No Bedtime alarm, no Timer, no World Clock, no Stopwatch, just a nice clock that does the deed of telling time from the Dock instead of the overcrowded Mac Menubar.
What’s missing from Plus Clock is exactly what’s missing from the Mac’s built-in Date & Time function in System Preferences. All the features that Apple puts into Clock on iPhone and iPad. The Mac’s clock can only be described as anemic and aging. You can set a time zone, display digital or analog in the Menubar, even flash time separators (ostensibly to catch your attention) and show AM or PM or add the date.
That’s it. That’s not enough. Plus Clock is a nice addition to the Dock because it’s more visible. Put the iOS Clock on the Mac, Apple, and make them sync via iCloud.