Apple today explained why the new silicone ear tips of the second-generation AirPods Pro are not compatible with the original AirPods Pro.
In an updated support document, Apple said that the mesh of the original AirPods Pro earbuds is “significantly denser” than the second-generation earbuds, so it may cause acoustic differences, but Apple did not provide any acoustic details.
The support document mentions: “The earbuds are specifically designed to provide the highest fidelity audio experience for the first generation AirPods Pro. Therefore, please use the earbuds that came with your AirPods Pro. AirPods Pro (1st generation) generation) earbuds have a clear mesh that is denser than AirPods Pro (2nd gen) earbuds.”
That apart, the AirPods Pro 2’s earbuds fit the original AirPods Pro, so they’re still physically compatible.
Compared to the previous generation, the second-generation earbuds offer a new XS option, while the AirPods Pro earbuds are still only available in small, medium, and large sizes, and are priced the same at $7.99 for a set of two.