Apple explained today 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 network” than second-generation earbuds. Apple hasn’t provided further details, but the mesh density could lead to acoustic differences.

“The earbuds were designed specifically for their generation of AirPods Pro, to deliver the highest fidelity audio experience,” says the support document. “As a result, use the earbuds that came with the AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro (1st Generation) earphones have a noticeably denser network than the AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) earphones.”

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

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The network on the original AirPods Pro earphones

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

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

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