The standard 17" MacBook Pro display is 1680 x 1050, but Apple also offers a "high resolution" option which 1920 x 1200 and that is what I have with the matte anti-glare coating.
Since I believe that IPS displays are not available on any laptops, I am not sure what you mean by crap here. Perhaps you are complaining about the glossy displays? Otherwise, I would be surprised if Apple did not have the best laptop displays on the market.
I just meant that there's nothing special about them - they're basic, glossy TN's on everything but the 17" MBP, which you have. I believe the 17" MBP has a 1920x1200 rgb led backlit display, which is very good for a TN, but the rest are nothing special, especially the dated 1280x800 displays found on the smaller macbooks. There are many notebooks with displays these days that are much better than what can be found on most macbooks, the Dell studio XPS 16 being one of them.
As far as IPS panels on laptops go, I believe (someone correct me if I'm wrong) that the last laptop to feature an IPS panel was one of the older (before lenovo took over) IBM T60p's.