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Why not use the first generation tips on the AirPods Pro 2

AirPods Pro 2 ear cushions. (Photo: Apple)

The AirPods Pro 2 They enter the top of the wireless headphones that anyone can try. The changes of Manzana in the first generation are significant not only in terms of active noise cancellation or computational sound, but also in certain components such as the ear pads.

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If the TechMarkup reader who is reading this article has a first generation model and is considering an upgrade, the last mentioned is important.

And it is that Apple updated the AirPods Pro support website with details on how to change the ear tips and advice on how to choose the best size.

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In a piece that can go unnoticed, the technology specifies that the pads are designed specifically for each device. Therefore, it is not recommended to switch between the first and second generation headphones.

Why you shouldn’t use first-generation tips on AirPods Pro 2

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According to Apple, the first generation AirPods Pro have a denser mesh at the tips of your ears, which can affect sound quality.

“The ear tips were designed specifically for your AirPods Pro generation, to provide the highest fidelity audio experience. As a result, use the ones that came with your AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro (1st generation) ear tips have a noticeably denser mesh than the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) ear tips,” explains Apple in their official support page for AirPods.

AirPods Pro 2. (photo: Apple)
AirPods Pro 2. (photo: Apple)

AirPods Pro 2 include a new font size (Extra Small) and can be purchased separately at an Apple Store. While the move can be seen as a typical accessory sales pitch, it’s true that the improvement in active noise cancellation and transparency is significant.

Use a pillow denser mesh would mean sacrificing sound quality, which is not recommended if you are investing in these headphones.

The tips of the AirPods Pro 2 perfectly match the first generation model. Although they are physically compatible, Apple recommends using them on their respective devices. Users can purchase a new pair in four different sizes for $9.

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AirPods Pro 2. (photo: K-tuin)
AirPods Pro 2. (photo: K-tuin)

Apple has a surprise for those who buy AirPods Pro 2 with an engraving

Now that the first AirPods Pro 2 units are arriving at customers’ homes, a detail has been discovered that those who ordered those AirPods with an engraving on the charging case.

It turns out that when the user opens the charging case for the iPhone to detect and install the AirPods Pro 2 in their user profile and on all their devices, in the animation of that case the engraving of the AirPods also appears. In other words, the appearance of the case is perfectly represented including that external customization.

Case with engraving of some AirPods Pro 2. (photo: MacRumors)
Case with engraving of some AirPods Pro 2. (photo: MacRumors)

That means that in addition to applying laser engraving on the charging case, Apple also it must somehow register it on the internal chips of that case. At the moment it is something that happens with those AirPods Pro 2, but in no other AirPods model as they have discovered from MacRumors.

It is a detail like many others that Apple has: it is not necessary, but it gives that last touch to the user experience that makes the company unique. Some engineer must have wanted to take advantage of the space left over from some of the chips in the charging case and he has done it masterfully.

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