Apple has confirmed "a small" number of layoffs

Company representatives would not say the exact number of employees, or the locations of those affected.

An Apple representative told MacCentral: "Apple has had some minor staff reductions in the normal course of business, but our overall headcount continues to grow."

This move follows jobs cuts announced at Apple's Laguna facility in Elk Grove about four weeks ago, which at the time affected under seven per cent of company employees.

A further 375 jobs were shed in February this year. The lay offs occurred in operations, information systems and administration departments.