Is Apple taking the piss?
This looks terrible. I assume they scrunched up the other icons to ensure that the 2x2 widget would be square, but why not put the gap on top where it is less visible? This not only looks bad but moves the top icons farther away. Or how about making the shading around the dock a little smaller to enable another row of icons?
I’m not one to notice subtle design changes, but sweet Christmas, even I noticed this one. I’m stunned an Apple designer stood back, admired the terribly unbalanced elements on display here and thought “nailed it!”.
EDIT: Updated the thread title for clarity.