ZCash, a cryptocurrency aimed at providing enhanced privacy for its users, is launching a new version of the software, called the Sapling upgrade. The information on the new software was made known through an official release on the blog.z.cash on the 16th of August 2018.
ZCash 2.0.0 The Sapling Compatible Version
A new version of Zcash, version 2.0.0, a Sapling compatible version of the ZCash node software is released for its users. The first block of Sapling will be at block 419200 and is expected to be mined on October 28, 2018, coinciding with the second anniversary of ZCash official launch. All its users are advised to upgrade to this latest version which is a is consensus-compatible with the Sapling network upgrade.
The Sapling has previously worked on the TestNet because of the changes made to the consensus rule. However, with the latest version will be activated on the TestNet at block 280000 a week after its release.
The new version of ZCash comes with new changes and upgrade to the former which includes the external support Sapling RPC support and the fix peer banning bug introduced in the overwinter update.
The external support Sapling RPC which is the first type of its version that is Sapling compatible is still an essential experimental version of the support. The full support version of the sapling is to come with version 2.0.1. To use it on the testnet developers must specify experimental features and developer Sapling or use it on the request mode.
Slow syncing due to a peer banning mechanism has been fixed in the latest version of Zcash as well, with behavior to ignore invalid transactions.
Many other improvements have been made to the Zcash 2.0.0. The press release admonishes all miners and users to upgrade to the latest version of the app.
Zcash: A Privacy-Oriented Cryptocurrency
ZCash is a cryptocurrency that uses cryptography to provide enhanced privacy for its users compared to other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, and others. The crypto is a by-product of the Zerocoin project which was established to improve the privacy of Bitcoin users.
What’s more, users can use an optional privacy feature to conceal the sender, recipient, and amount being transacted. The cryptocurrency is a culmination of improvements to two successive anonymous payment protocols; zerocoin and zerocash as it was launched in 2016.