AirPods Pro 2 can use ear tips from the original version

AirPods Pro 2 can use ear tips from the original version

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AirPods Pro 2 can use ear tips from the original version
AirPods Pro ear tips are compatible with AirPods Pro 2.
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AirPods Pro 2 is now reaching customers and they confirm what everyone hoped: ear tips designed for the original version fit the new one.

But that’s not the whole story – Apple doesn’t recommend moving tips between the two versions of its earbuds. Here’s why.

AirPods Pro ear tips fit AirPods Pro 2

The original AirPods Pro came out in 2019 and were the first from Apple with ear tips. These spongy add-ones are great for shutting out ambient noise and are necessary for active-noise cancellation. That’s why AirPods Pro 2 have them, too.

That first generation model came with three sizes of ear tips. Apple’s just-released in-ear headphones come with four sizes. Nevertheless, ear tips from one version are compatible with either set.

But switching tips between versions is not recommended by Apple. “Ear tips have been designed specifically for their AirPods Pro generation, to deliver the highest-fidelity audio experience,” according to the iPhone-maker. “As a result, use the ear tips that come with your AirPods Pro.”

The difference between the two isn’t subtle. “AirPods Pro (1st generation) ear tips have noticeably denser mesh than AirPods Pro (2nd generation) ear tips,” notes Apple.

Nevertheless, anyone who wants to try out Apple’s new tips on their original AirPods can easily do so. Or if someone prefers the original tips to the new ones, that’s no problem either.

Stock up

Apple sells two sets of first-generation tips in any of the three sizes for $7.99. Or two sets of second generation tips are available in four sizes for the same price.