Apple Explains Why Second-Generation AirPods Pro Ear Tips Are Incompatible With Original AirPods Pro

Apple today explained why the new silicone earbuds for the second-generation AirPods Pro are not officially compatible with the original AirPods Pro.

In an updated support document, Apple said the original AirPods Pro earbuds have a “noticeably denser mesh” than the second-generation earbuds. Apple has not provided additional details, but the mesh density may lead to acoustic differences.

“Earbuds are specifically designed for their AirPods Pro generation to deliver the most reliable audio experience,” the support document says. “So use the earbuds that come with your AirPods Pro. AirPods Pro earbuds (1st generation) have a noticeably denser mesh than AirPods Pro earbuds (2nd generation).”

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

airpods pro 1 tip mesh

airpods pro 1 tip mesh

The mesh on the original AirPods Pro earbuds

The second-generation earbuds are available in a new XS option, while the original earbuds remain available only in small, medium and large. Both generations of earbuds are available on Apple’s online store in sets of two for $7.99 in the United States.

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The new AirPods Pro will arrive at customers and hit stores the next day. The first reviews of the new AirPods Pro were shared earlier today, taking a closer look at improvements in sound quality, active noise cancellation, battery life and more. The second-generation AirPods Pro will remain priced at $249.

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