Apple cuts jobs in services, online groups

Apple Computer has laid off an undisclosed number of employees from its consulting division and from a group that develops online applications for the Mac, part of an effort to improve efficiencies at the company, Apple said.

The layoffs, which were announced to employees earlier in the week, are not a sign that broader job cuts will come in the future, Apple spokeswoman Lynn Fox said Friday.

The layoffs affect Apple's iServices consulting group, which focuses on Internet consulting, Macintosh integration and technical training, and its iTools group, which develops online applications for the Mac platform including greetings cards and "KidSafe," Apple's software for guarding children on the Internet.

"Apple continually reviews its business to ensure we are operating at maximum efficiency," the company said in a statement. "As part of this ongoing evaluation, we have restructured the iTools/iServices group to more effectively run our business and serve our customers."

Fox declined further comment.

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