Ethereum 2.0 is on its way.  Investors in Ether are anticipating the launch of the long-awaited update to the network. The upgrade, also known as Eth2 or Serenity, has been in the works since 2014 and represents the Ethereum network's most significant transition in years.

Ethereum 2.0 is intended to fix some of the issues that currently exist in the infrastructure. Scalability is the major one. Eth1 network is becoming increasingly crowded as a result of daily transactions, making it difficult to manage all of Ethereum's users around the world. Eth2 is expected to boost Ethereum's transaction processing capacity, eliminate bottlenecks, alter how users mine the coins.

The main source of skepticism surrounding cryptocurrency is growing concerns about its massive energy consumption.
The switch from Proof-of-Work (PoW) to Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus mechanism is one of the fundamental improvements in ETH 2.0. Validators do not require a lot of computing power to participate. Prospective validators must lock some of the network's cryptocurrency in a smart contract instead of solving mathematical riddles before validating transactions. Therefore the network's energy usage will be reduced. According to estimates, PoS is expected to lower Ethereum's power consumption by 90-95 per cent.

In a variety of ways, PoS will alter the network's operation. It will switch from mining to staking as the mechanism for validating transactions, making the network more secure. This technique will also eliminate the requirement for high-end hardware for validators.

ETH 2.0 will have shard chains intended to dramatically increase capacity and scalability. Shard chains operate as additional lanes, allowing transactions to be processed in parallel rather than consecutively. Through parallel processing, Ethereum will be able to handle more transactions per second (TPS).

High transaction costs are currently one of Ethereum's frustrating aspects. Eth2 will also overcome this stumbling block. Processing transactions will be easier once Ethereum has switched to a Proof-of-Stake method. This will prevent the network from becoming clogged with unprocessed transactions, causing miners to demand higher gas prices before validating transactions.

When will Ethereum 2.0 launch? Well, It's already happening in different phases! The first phase started with the launch of the Beacon Chain on December 1, 2020, and there will be two more phases after that. These three phases of Ethereum 2.0's distribution will be completed within three years.

Last week, Ethereum merged on the Kiln testnet, paving the way for the blockchain's eventual transition to a proof-of-stake network. Network validators are already issuing post-merge blocks containing transactions.

The term "Merge" refers to deploying Ethereum's execution layer to the "consensus layer" of the Beacon chain.

The mainnet launch is expected to take place by the end of June, With the merge test run completed successfully. The institutional adoption of cryptocurrency will increase after the Eth 2.0 upgrade is completed.

The Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP)-1559, which was enacted in August, added a method for miners to burn a portion of their fees. According to the data site Watch the Burn, more than 2 million ETH worth $5.78 billion has been burnt since then.

Ether climbed 13% last week as the rollout of ETH2 approaches, the greatest gain in seven weeks. Ether staking rates are expected to be in the range of 10% to 15%. The rates are expected to be higher than the consumer price index, which reached a four-decade high of 7.9% in February, according to blockchain analytics startup IntoTheBlock.

The transition to ETH 2.0 is awaited with bated breath by the larger crypto community. Ethereum 2.0 has the potential to be the game-changer for the blockchain industry, with cheaper gas prices, increased accessibility, and a better user experience.

Nearly $6 Billion in ETH Burned as Ethereum 2.0 Edges Closer.

The burn mechanism on Ethereum is hotter than ever, with the crypto's second-largest network destroying nearly 2 million ETH since it was launched last August.

Since its creation, the network has burned a total of 2,000,996 Ethereum, according to Watch the Burn, a dashboard that monitors the burn mechanism. In terms of money, more than $5.82 billion is taken out of circulation for good.

EIP-1559, the technical name for the burn mechanism, was one of the numerous network improvements implemented in the London hard fork.

The cost structure of the Ethereum network was revised as part of this "Ethereum Improvement Proposal."Instead of all fees paid to miners for specific Ethereum operations going to miners, EIP-1559 divides these fees into a base charge and tips (the latter of which would go to miners).

Fee structure before and after the introduction of EIP-1559. Source: ConsenSys.

The base fee is burned, which means the coin is destroyed and taken out of circulation. This creates a deflationary effect in which there are fewer and fewer Ethereum on the market to buy. Recently rebranded to "Consensus Layer," Ethereum 2.0 would improve the network's transaction speed, lower costs, and "will lay to rest Ethereum's carbon or energy footprint problem," according to Lubin (Ethereum co-founder and CEO of ConsenSys).

The upgrade will move Ethereum away from a proof-of-work (PoW) consensus method, which Bitcoin also uses to validate transactions, and toward a proof-of-stake approach (PoS). The latter technique is less harmful to the environment because it requires less computational resources to achieve equivalent levels of security.

All of these changes are slated for launch "by Q2 or possibly slipping into Q3" according to the Ethereum co-founder.

Are Bored Apes finally getting a metaverse?

Yuga Labs teased their new Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) metaverse by tweeting a short clip and the message, "See you on the Otherside in April. Powered by  @apecoin ." It still isn't clear what Otherside means, but various statements point to a 3D BAYC gaming experience powered by Animoca.

The video also references other NFT collections: Mutant Ape Yacht Club, Cool Cats, CryptoPunks, CrypToadz, Meebits, Nouns, and World of Women.

ApeCoin, a token that can be claimed by Bored and Mutant Ape Yacht Club members, was launched last Thursday. The total supply of ApeCoin is permanently capped at 1 billion tokens; all minted at once.

ApeCoin DAO, a decentralized autonomous organization, clearly associated with the BAYC business, created the token. The press materials for the launch made it clear that ApeCoin DAO was not to be confused with Yuga Labs or the Bored Ape Yacht Club, both of which are centralized businesses. The founders took a significant chunk of the tokens, 16% going to the company and an extra 8% to the founders.

Despite the intriguing marketing campaign, the teaser did little to help ApeCoin recover from its recent losses. According to CoinMarketCap, the 37th largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization had declined more than 8 per cent to $10.64 at the time of writing.

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