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Apple Products Set to Use Common Charging Point After EU Deal

  • Laptops will have more time to transition than other devices
  • Apple is already testing future iPhones with USB-C portals
Apple Lightning and USB-C charging cables.

Apple Lightning and USB-C charging cables.

Photographer: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto/Getty Images

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All smartphones and tablets would have to use a common charger under a provisional European Union agreement clinched on Tuesday. 

The plan would force all companies -- most notably Apple Inc. -- to make phones, tablets, e-readers and digital cameras use the USB-C charger, negotiators announced. Around 15 product types are included in the scope, including headsets, video-game consoles and headphones.