according to spymac www.spymac.com ) ""Apple has quietly started to layoff team members in what is rumored to progress into a massive "restructuring effort." Anonymous accounts started coming in late last week, with nearly half a dozen independent incidences now reported to Spymac. In usual Apple fashion, news of the layoffs is being kept to an absolute minimum. Campus workers are just now realizing that their seemingly department-isolated reductions are part of a larger effort. Although Retail experienced significant job cuts last Spring, corporate workers have been mostly exempt from staff reductions, save for publicly acknowledged downsizing in Apple's International offices at the beginning of 2002. Internal rumors are now suggesting that the layoffs are different from the routine restructuring that is constantly being performed at Apple. "Two colleagues -- each in different departments -- were both notified on [Monday, September 30]. Layoffs are not surprising (October is notorious for Apple layoffs), but the amount of cuts I'm hearing about definitely is," writes one regular source. ""