The report indicates the move would be part of a major restructuring of the Cupertino, California-based company initiated in the wake of distinctly lower gross profit margins.
Some analysts predict the company will lay off from 1,300 to 3,000 employees, a move for which some Apple employees have already prepared. At last week's Macworld Expo, a testing engineer for Apple refused to give his name when asked to comment on the company's situation. "No way, sister," he said. "There's layoffs coming."