Intel has been tinkering with its forthcoming Ivy Bridge chipset so that it can handle Windows 8's touch screen specifications.
Intel has been telling The Verge that it will be adding touchscreen specifications to help make the Windows 8 experience complete. Windows 8 will handle keyboard and mice inputs and those with touchscreen inputs, like those on tablets and notebooks. Desktop PCs that are regarded as more powerful and full-featured devices often miss out on some of the gestures or functionalities of Windows 8 that were designed with touch in mind.
Intel wants touchscreen specs in the next-generation Ultrabook designs so there is a vested interest in making Ivy Bridge work that way.
It is also interesting that it will give Intel's Ultrabooks something that Apple lacks. Apple CEO Steve Jobs had remarked that the touchscreen experience was not designed for laptops. He thought that it would create arm fatigue and a lot of clunky movement for users to manipulate and maneuver their arms and hands between the keyboard and touchpad on a traditional laptop and the touchscreen display.
This means that it will be unlikely that Apple will use touch screens in its Air products. Intel clearly things that this is a missed opportunity.