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

new airpods professional ear tips
a updated support documentApple said the original AirPods Pro eartips had a “noticeably denser mesh” than the second-generation eartips. Apple didn’t provide any additional details, but network density can cause acoustic differences.

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

Despite the network differences, the second-generation eartips fit the original AirPods Pro, so they’re still physically compatible.

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Mesh on original AirPods Pro ear tips

Second generation ear tips available in a new XS optionwhile original ear tips it remains available only in small, medium and large. Both generations of eartips are available in sets of two for $7.99 in the United States on Apple’s online store.

The new AirPods Pro will start reaching customers and will be available in stores the next day. this first reviews of the new AirPods Pro It was shared earlier today to take a closer look at the improvements to sound quality, active noise cancellation, battery life, and more. The price of the second-generation AirPods Pro remains at $249.

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