Zcash‘s dev team has just released new software that has support elements for their network’s planned Sapling upgrade, set to happen later this year.
This won’t be the first hard fork for the cryptocurrency that would be Overwinter, slated for late June, but the 11 update gets the initial consensus rules in place, according to release notes.
The ZCash dev team first unveiled details about Sapling back in February of 2017. Sapling is aimed at reducing transaction time on the network.
What’s currently missing is the exact transaction block at which point the hard fork will take effect, and devs say this will be included in a yet to be released update.
In a blog post, the dev team explained that:
“As a reminder, because the Sapling activation height is not yet specified for mainnet, version 1.1.1 will behave similarly as other pre-Sapling releases even after a future activation of Sapling on the network. Upgrading from 1.1.1 will be required in order to follow the Sapling network upgrade on mainnet.”
Next month’s Overwinter update is positioned partly as a way to set the stage for future hard forks to take place on zcash.