Why are the 2nd generation AirPods Pro tips incompatible with the 1st generation?

In the keynote of this month of September, a few weeks ago, Apple presented the 2nd generation AirPods Pro. Headphones with the new H2 chip and new noise reduction algorithms that lead the main improvements. A support document warns new users of these headsets that Apple recommends not using 1st generation AirPods tips with 2nd generation AirPods. However, users have tested and both pads are compatible. What happen? Why does Apple not recommend its use? We tell you.

The tips of the 2nd generation AirPods Pro are different

The news came via the English support document from How to choose the tips for your AirPods Pro. It must be remembered that the 2nd generation of these headphones includes four different sizes of pads of sylicon. Therefore, the size XS is added to those already existing in the previous generation: S, M and L. The user can change and select his size to find the perfect fit through a few simple steps on the iPhone itself.

However, the support note commented on the following:

The ear tips have been specifically designed for your generation of AirPods Pro, to deliver the highest fidelity audio experience. Therefore, use the tips that come with your AirPods Pro. The tips of AirPods Pro (1st generation) have a noticeably denser mesh than those of AirPods Pro (2nd generation).

With this Apple recommends that you do not use the ear tips from the 1st generation headphones with the 2nd generation headphones. However, users have tried it and there seems to be no physical problem with using it. They also don’t hear any difference from the originals.

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Why is pad exchange not recommended? According to Apple, the mesh design of the 2nd generation is somewhat thicker so the pads have to adapt to that thickness to avoid changes in sound. The smart thing on Apple’s part would have been to modify the pads completely if they wanted the compatibilities to be strict.

However, considering that each pair of pads costs 10 euros, it is understandable that users want to use the 1st generation if they have it. On the other hand, if a user has already purchased AirPods Pro for 300 euros, it would be nothing to buy extra pads for only ten euros.