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Senior Technical Editor at iFixit

Hi, Jeff Suovanen here. I take stuff apart and write about it—mostly in support of iFixit’s blog, video, advocacy, and professional services efforts. If you’ve read or watched an iFixit teardown in the last nine years, I likely had a hand in it. (Very often, my hands are literally in it.)

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I joined iFixit in 2013 as a technical writer, working mainly on repair guides and teardowns. I later helped develop iFixit’s university technical writing project, coaching a few thousand engineering students from over 50 universities through their technical writing coursework. I’ve enjoyed being a guest lecturer and attending academic conferences on technical writing, and helped teach a few of iFixit’s in-house workshops for technical writing instructors.

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Experience

If working at iFixit sounds awesome, that’s because it often is—I’m grateful to have been at the right place and time to collaborate on some world-class projects with this team. I’ve been lucky enough to help Greenpeace create its guide to greener electronics, written repair guides for Patagonia, and I increasingly consult on repairability for some of the world’s top hardware engineers.

I’m naturally an introvert and prefer to stay behind the camera rather than in front of it, but sometimes accidents happen. My talking head has appeared on a few broadcast programs and podcasts, like that time we tore down a Magic Leap One. I’ve also appeared briefly in at least one VICE documentary, wherein I badly needed a haircut and hadn’t slept since two dinners ago.

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      VICE News chased us to Australia for our teardown of the iPhone X.

 I do enjoy sharing my photos though, and they frequently pop up in the tech press. That’s one of the really fun aspects of this job—you never know when your work might help a technology journalist explain a battery problem, solve a waterproofing mystery, or break down a new laptop design.

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Education

I’m a Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo alum. I’ve got a smattering of degrees and certifications that have precious little to do with my current position, but at least they were expensive.

Ensuring Quality Repair Information on iFixit

The Editorial team works hard to make iFixit the best source for repair. Learn more about the content review process that makes it possible.

Favorite Fixes

I’ve worked on so many cool projects here that it’s hard to pick favorites, but here are a few recent ones:

Personal Stuff

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      My wife Zan, seen here in a rare photo that I’m allowed to share with the internet.

Like many folks here, I’ve been fixing things most of my life—cars, computers, time machines. (Wait, my mistake—that last thing happens later.)

I like wrenching on BMWs and then testing my work in the safest way possible, on the racetrack.

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In my free time I enjoy distance running, scuba diving, and science fiction.

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Where Else to Find Me

I’m allergic to social media, but if you must, you can try contacting me there:

Teardowns I've Worked On

My Guides

Guides I've Contributed To

Guides I've Helped Translate

My Favorite Guides

Completed Guides

Answers

  • Answer to "Boot loop and error ppt006 - Help!"
  • Answer to "Do replacement batteries work with battery health feature now?"
  • Answer to "Samsung Essentials All In One Teardown"
  • Answer to "Can I repair my home button with a kit?"
  • Answer to "iOS 12 Fixed Auto Brightness?"
  • Answer to "Why doesn't keyboard and trackpad work after battery replacement?"
  • Answer to "iFixit Tri-Point Y000 driver bit for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus"
  • Answer to "Screen connectors don't fit"
  • Answer to "Nothing to connect home button to on replacement screen"
  • Answer to "Need help with these Connector latches"

Guide Comments

  • MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2014 Battery Replacement
  • Playdate Teardown
  • iMac M1 24" Teardown
  • iMac M1 24" Teardown
  • MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Logic Board Assembly Replacement
  • MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar Late 2016 Display Assembly Replacement
  • Xbox One Teardown
  • iPad Air 4 Teardown
  • iPhone X Battery Replacement
  • MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011 Optical Drive Replacement