Apple says old and new AirPods Pro earbuds aren’t compatible due to mesh density

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

In my review of the new second-generation AirPods Pro, I pointed out that the inner mesh/filter of the earbuds is slightly different from the original earbuds. It turns out that’s part of the reason Apple doesn’t recommend using first-generation tips on the new model and vice versa. As MacRumors noted that the company has updated its support page on AirPods Pro earbuds with a new section stating that “earbuds are specifically designed for their AirPods Pro generation, to deliver the most reliable audio experience.”

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

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