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


In an updated support document, Apple said that the original AirPods Pro ear tips have a “notably denser mesh” than the second-generation ear tips. Apple did not provide additional details, but the density of the mesh could lead to acoustic differences.

“The ear tips were designed specifically for your AirPods Pro generation, to provide the highest fidelity audio experience,” the support document says. “As a result, use the ear tips that came with your AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro (1st generation) ear tips have a noticeably denser mesh than the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) ear tips. “.

Despite the mesh differences, the 2nd generation ear tips fit the original AirPods Pro, so they’re still physically compatible.

airpods pro 1 mesh tip

The mesh on the tips of the original AirPods Pro earphones

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

The new AirPods Pro will start rolling out to customers and will be released in stores the next day. The first reviews of the new AirPods Pro were shared today, providing a closer look at improvements to sound quality, active noise cancellation, battery life, and more. Second-gen AirPods Pro are still priced at $249.

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