Apple says the old and new AirPods Pro ear tips are incompatible due to the density of the mesh

A close-up image comparing the ear tips of Apple's original AirPods Pro and the second-generation model released in 2022.
The original AirPods Pro tips (left) have denser mesh than the new second-generation tips (right). | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

In my review of the new second-generation AirPods Pro, I pointed out that the inner mesh / filter of the ear tips is slightly different than the original earbuds. This is part of why Apple advises against using first-generation tips on new models. such as Mock Rumors The company has updated its support page on AirPods Pro ear tips with a new section that says, “To provide the most reliable audio experience, the ear tips are specially designed for their AirPods Pro generation.”

“As a result, use the ear tips that come with your AirPods Pro. AirPods Pro (1st generation) ear tips have denser mesh than AirPods Pro (2nd generation) ear tips,” reads Apple’s support site.


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