Hrmpf provides details about Apple's latest patent applications. This time, Apple has filed for nine patents related to Flash memory, memory controllers, circuit boards and their applications.

This technology may provide data storage in various portable devices, such as digital cameras, other image storing devices, portable audio devices, personal digital assistants (PDA), and digital video recorders, desktop computers, servers, wireless routers, or embedded applications (e.g., automotive), particularly in situations where quick access to data is desirable.

Apple, of course, is using significant amounts of Flash memory for their iPod and iPhone product lines, but rumors have suggested that Apple will be using Flash memory in upcoming Mac notebooks.