Apple today explained why the new 2nd generation silicone ear tips for AirPods Pro are not officially compatible with the original AirPods Pro.


In an updated support document, Apple said the original AirPods Pro ear tips have a “clearly denser mesh” than second-generation ear tips. Apple did not provide any additional details, but the mesh density may result in acoustic differences.

“The earbuds are designed specifically for their AirPods Pro generation to provide the best sound quality,” says a support document. “As a result, use the ear tips that come with your AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro (Gen 1) earbuds have a noticeably denser mesh than the AirPods Pro (Gen 2) ear tips. ”

Despite the differences in the mesh, the second-generation earbuds match the original AirPods Pro headphones, so they’re still physically compatible.

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Mesh on the original AirPods Pro earbuds

The second-generation earbuds are available in the new XS option, while the original ear tips are only available in small, medium and large sizes. Both generations of ear tips are available from the Apple web store in kits of two for $ 7.99 in the US.

The new AirPods Pro will start flocking to customers and hitting stores overnight. The first reviews of the new AirPods Pro are shared today, giving you a closer look at improving sound quality, active noise reduction, battery life, and more. The second-generation AirPods Pro remain priced at $ 249.

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