4 things that got us excited at WWDC 2020

It’s that time of year again. WWDC kicked off yesterday with the customary keynote and software announcements. And while this year we were obviously unable to attend in person (or be at the Layers conference across the street from the San Jose Convention Center), there was still plenty of exciting things to talk about.

The big news was the confirmation that Macs will soon be moving to Apple’s own custom silicon, plus a major redesign for macOS. But there were plenty of other things to be excited about in the keynote. Here are our four top picks — including some input from our founder, Pieter Omvlee, on what they mean for Sketch.

1. The move to Apple silicon

We were expecting it, but it was great to finally get a little more detail about Apple’s new chips coming to Macs later this year. “I’m super excited for the ARM transition!” says Pieter. “I’m curious to see Sketch run on proper Apple silicon hardware, and even more curious to see what it allows Apple to do with upcoming hardware releases.” And while the internal changes are obviously large, it seems that Apple has been working hard to make sure everything runs smoothly.

“I’m impressed by how well the entire transition seems to have been prepared and I can’t wait to get my hands on a dev kit,” says Pieter. “I don’t expect it’ll be hard to get Sketch to run natively on the new silicon. We always try to stick quite close to Apple’s recommended ways of doing things and their frameworks.”

We’re already eager to get our hands on Apple’s hardware kits, and over the next few months we’ll be working hard to get Sketch running at its best on the new processors. Stay tuned for more updates soon.

2. A new look for macOS Big Sur

We were ready for new processors. But the announcement of a complete UI redesign in macOS 11 Big Sur was barely rumored. The sleek new look is a huge overhaul for the Mac, and our design team are already having big conversations about what it means for Sketch.

“I’m really digging the new look in macOS 11,” says Pieter. “And as a side note, I’m happy to see that version number finally bumped to 11. We plan to be there on day one with an updated UI and we’ll start working immediately to get Sketch running smoothly on the new OS. And I’m eager to learn this week about the less-visible improvements to Apple’s frameworks, such as SwiftUI”

From details like icons and colors, to more noticeable changes like toolbars and alerts and sheets, our team are already hard at work discussing how we should reflect Apple’s new design language in Sketch. Stay tuned — we’ll have some more details to share on this soon.

3. Improvements to Messages

While we carry on work developing Sketch’s collaboration features, we were paying particular attention to Apple’s new Messages updates. The way that they handle threaded conversations and in-line replies was inventive, and the team’s approach to mentions is an interesting one.

We’ve been waiting for improvements like these in Messages for a little while now (especially on Mac), so it’s great they’ve made it into iOS 14. We’ll be taking a closer

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