Consumer Reports just changed its mind and now recommends the new MacBook Pro

Shortly before Christmas, Consumer Reports, one of the most-trusted product review groups for over 80 years, said that Apple’s lastest MacBook Pro had seriously inconsistent battery life, which meant that it couldn’t give the computer its coveted “recommended” rating.

But Apple said that it didn’t understand the battery life test Consumer Reports used, and Apple’s head of marketing Phil Schiller said it would work with Consumer Reports to “understand their battery tests.”

On Thursday, Consumer Reports said that after Apple fixed a bug, it could now give the MacBook Pro a “recommended” rating.

In fact, after applying Apple’s bug fix, Consumer Reports said it found the new MacBook Pro models get great battery life:

The three MacBook Pros in our labs include two 13-inch models, one with Apple’s new Touch Bar and one without the Touch Bar; and a 15-inch model. (All 15-inch MacBook Pros come with the Touch Bar.) The new average battery-life results are, in order, 15.75 hours, 18.75 hours, and 17.25 hours.

Consumer Reports continues to insist that its testing issues were caused by a specific Apple bug that it uncovered. 

But in a statement provided to Business Insider earlier this week, Apple said that Consumer Reports’ testing did “not reflect real-world usage.” Apple said that Consumer Reports used a “hidden Safari setting” in its testing that consumers don’t typically turn on. 

Regardless of the spat, Apple’s newest laptop is now one of the laptops that Consumer Reports can recommend to its readers. 

The bug that Consumer Reports discovered was fixed in a recent beta version of MacOS, and will be rolled out to users in the coming weeks. 

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