According to this week’s Web User Group (WUG) meeting held on Wednesday 7th October 2020 it appears that Apple rejected the first submission iOS version of the Second Life mobile client. For some reason it did not meet the requirements.
Linden Lab are now working to address the issues as part of Apple’s review process and when that is done then the iOS version will go through Linden Lab QA process. After that then the IOS version can be re-submitted to Apple for approval for a 2nd time.
Once the iOS version of the Second Life mobile client is on the App Store listings then it will go from the closed alpha phrase to the beta phrase most likely. The Android version is still behind the iOS version and is still being developed. I would imagine early 2021 we would see the Android version approved. Maybe late November or December for the iOS version if Apple gives the green light. Who knows!.
What to expect from the first release of the iOS Communications App
It’s important to understand that the first release of the iOS version of the Second Life mobile client will not have full capabilities like world rendering, purchases and more. Over time the app will have inventory management, group chat and more features. The app will be used for those that want to stay connected on the go rather than using it at home.
This is a delay for sure but hopefully everything can be resolved before the end of 2020. That depends on Apple of course.
On 1st October Patch Linden posted a update on this thread on the Second Life Forums about the latest news on the uplift efforts, Halloween events and the progress of the upcoming Linden Home themes. I’m glad Patch posted this update because it’s been a while since we heard anything from the lab since the 17th Second Life birthday back in June 2020.
The Uplift efforts are “proceeding very well” which is good news to hear. The Uplift is expected to be done before the end of 2020 which is less than three months away.
Linden Lab have been busy working on large scale events like Titmouse, Swagginator, the Millbank surprise and they have been preparing the Halloween Haunted Tour.
The Stilt homes “can’t be released yet due to uplift and simulator availability constraints”. The theme after Stilts is in the “end stages of content production completion” It’s set soon to be positioned for release.
The theme after that is “ready to follow it pretty quickly”.
Soon Patch will be starting a “regular town hall type meeting for Bellisseria”.
Here is the full update from Patch Linden…
In general, everything is still running full steam ahead. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, and not just for my team, but across the Lab. The uplift efforts are proceeding very well and you’ll see even more about that soon I’m sure.
As for me and the LDPW team, I took a real vacation with a bit of a daring trip to the house of mouse. Prior to that the we’d been super busy working on several large scale events, such as Titmouse and all the fun stuff we’re just releasing around Halloween like the huge shopping event, Swagginator, all our gift and Halloween content, the Millbank surprise, readying the Halloween Haunted Tour and it’s modifications for the year and so on. The stilt homes can’t be released yet due to uplift and simulator availability constraints. The theme following Stilts is in the end stages of content production completion and will also soon™ be positioned for release. The theme after is entering content production now, and the theme following is ready to follow it pretty quickly.
To that end, and as gently as I try to remind everyone, the Linden Homes model of home ownership is positioned as a constricted value proposition type of new user or starter home. I have said before that at some point you probably would or should naturally want to “grow” out of the Linden Home ownership model and want bigger, better, more control, etc. That is totally ok and by design, but some people are also perfectly happy with staying put in a Linden Home, also ok. There are many other amazing land ownership options out there from Mainland to Private Estates. No matter where you end up ultimately, we were glad you were part of something really special, we still equally love everyone and the community that continues to be a huge part of Bellisseria’s continuing success.
At some point in the near future, I’m going to start a regular town hall type meeting for Bellisseria. Who knows what tidbits of information could potentially drop from that. 😉
Sounds like good progress is being made at the lab and once the Uplift is done then I’m sure the Stilts will be released soon after that. With three months left of 2020 hopefully the lab will be able to complete everything that needs to be done (see above).
I do like the sound of regular town hall meetings for all things Bellisseria and I’m sure it will be very popular indeed. For now for the latest updates please keep checking the Linden Homes section on the Second Life Forums. I will be posting updates on my blog when new developments happen.
On 25th September Linden Lab launched the official Second Life Merchandise Store which “offers Second Life and Linden Lab branded clothing and accessories, with a very inclusive range of sizes“. The Second Life Merchandise Store is now live here and it’s worth mentioning that this on-line store is hosted by RedBubble.
It’s great news that everyone can now buy physical world Second Life and Linden Lab merchandise at long last. I love the Second Life t-shirts and the Linden bear collection here. It’s going to be good when more Second Life merchandise is added here soon.
I think this is a good move that the lab has taken and I think the prices seem pretty reasonable at the moment. If you are interested in buying anything here you have to sign up/log in to Redbubble to get started. Payments can be made via Credit or Debit card or using PayPal.