27336120 story Apple Buys Israeli Flash Manufacturer 114 Posted by Unknown Lamer on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @12:00PM from the gotta-buy-em-all dept. Lucas123 writes "According to published reports Apple is plunking down up to $500 million to purchase solid-state drive start-up Anobit Technologies. Even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted about the deal congratulating Apple on its first acquisition in his country. Apple is planning to use the acquisition to set up to set up a semiconductor development center in Israel. Apple already uses NAND flash from Anobit in its iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air products, according to the reports."