Today, Apple explained why the new silicone ear tips for the second-generation AirPods Pro are not officially compatible with the original AirPods Pro.

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in Updated support documentApple said the original AirPods Pro ear tips have a “significantly denser mesh” than second-generation ear tips. Apple did not provide any additional details, but the density of the network may lead to audio differences.

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

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

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The mesh on the ear tips of the original AirPods Pro

The second generation ear tips are Available in the new XS optionwhile the original ear tips They remain available in small, medium and large sizes only. Both generations of ear tips are available at the Apple Online Store in sets of two for $7.99 in the US.

The new AirPods Pro will start reaching customers and go to stores within the next day. The first reviews of the new AirPods Pro were shared earlier today, providing a closer look at improvements in sound quality, active noise cancellation, battery life, and more. The price of the second generation AirPods Pro is still $249.

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