Apple’s twice-yearly re-organization has taken place earlier than normal as about 50 employees across the US were laid off Tuesday, MacMinute has learned. The layoffs took place across the company as upper management re-thought department business plans and consolidated positions, sources said. Unlike other high tech firms that have recently announced massive layoffs, Apple has not been forced into such cutbacks. Twice yearly, Apple re-assesses its business strategy and has lay-offs usually in the early fiscal-first and third quarters, various sources have confirmed.