Monday marked the beginning of Apple’s 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California and, as usual, Tim Cook et al announced an impressive array of new updates, including watchOS 5 and the latest macOS update.
While we can’t wait to get our hands on iOS 12 and start making our own memoji, the most exciting news for us at Sketch is obviously macOS 10.14 Mojave and all of the new updates that come with it.
Dark Mode in Sketch
We know many of you have been waiting a long time for a true dark theme for Sketch and we’re as excited as you are that Apple have unveiled a system wide dark mode for macOS 10.14. This paves the way for a native solution for dark mode in Sketch—something that was important to us since Sketch uses so much of Apple’s own infrastructure and because we wanted to spend more time working on shipping updates and features rather than aesthetic changes.
We’ve already been working hard behind the scenes to bring you a Dark Mode in Sketch and Apple’s latest developments mean that we’re one step closer to making this a reality. We’ve been laying the foundations for a dark mode for a few months now, redesigning elements of Sketch in order to allow for easy implementation of a retina-saving re-skin.
Keep your eyes peeled after the release of macOS 10.14 for the darker side of Sketch appearing on your Mac. And, if you can’t wait until then, make sure you check out Midnight, a seriously awesome plugin that already offers a dark theme and more!
Start designing for iOS 12 today
If you’re a regular user of Sketch’s built-in Apple iOS UI Library, you’ll notice that it’s already been updated for iOS 12, including all new iPad UI elements so you can start designing for iOS 12 right now.
The Apple iOS UI library has all of the components you’ll need to start working on your next project, carefully crafted for Sketch, including templates and the full range of controls, views, and glyphs available to developers using the iOS SDK, allowing you to design apps that match the iOS design language.
You can download the Apple iOS UI Library from the Libraries tab in Preferences or if you’ve already downloaded the Library you should see a notification letting you know that there’s a new version available to download.
Sketch × Layers Conference
As well as getting a front row seat at WWDC the Sketch team is in San Jose for Layers Conference this week. Sketch is sponsoring the event and founder, Pieter Omvlee will be speaking about what it’s like to design for designers, and showing off some upcoming features. If you’re going to be there, look out for the team and make sure to say hello!
Sketch is also sponsoring James Dempsey’s Live near WWDC fundraiser in aid of App Camp For Girls on Wednesday, at The Ritz. If you haven’t got a ticket yet, make sure to grab one and, if you can’t make it, you can still make a donation here.
If you’re attending WWDC or Layers and you’re rocking a Sketch t-shirt, pin badge, sticker or your very own Sketch socks, why not tweet us @sketch. We love to see Sketch swag in the wild!