Apple is looking to sell all its software and cloud business, including its cloud-based software development tools, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The move would mean the company would no longer be able to pay employees and would likely face the loss of at least some of its software development revenue, which helps fund its growth in the smartphone and tablet markets.
Apple has been the target of many legal battles, most recently in a $9 billion class-action lawsuit brought by some employees over pay and benefits.
The company is appealing that case, saying it’s worth $1 billion.
The sale of all of Apple’s software development, cloud and cloud service businesses is likely to come as a surprise to some customers who had expected Apple to continue using its own cloud services.
The software development division of Apple, which produces the App Store, iCloud and iWork, has traditionally been Apple’s largest customer.
But with Apple now looking to focus more on cloud services, the company may not be able pay its developers and programmers the salaries they need to keep pace with new technology and services.