Screen size has nothing to do with power. You can get the same cpu in a 15" as you can in a 13" and you can buy slower cpu in 15" than 13". You just have less screen space. I prefer larger screens to design my databases.
Here is a link to the technical spec required for Filemaker http://www.filemaker.com/products/filemaker-pro/pro-13-specifications.html
Thanks for the reply, but it is not just the screen size on the 2014 macbookpro machines. The 15" version has 4 cores and 16Gb of ram vs the 13" with 2 cores and 8Gb. I would most likely buy a mac as well in time, but to start with I only have enough money to purchase the laptop, hence the question. I will check out the link, and thanks for the reply.
Filemaker Pro will not utilize multiple cores, 2 or 4 cores is not important. SSD hd way better than spinning HD. More memory is better.
A second external screen is useful in database design.
Filemaker Server is another matter.
FileMaker Server can take advantage of multiple processors. Therefore, as more processors are available, more work can be distributed. Along the same lines, an individual processor can have multiple cores. A core is the part of the processor that performs the reading and executing of instructions. Therefore, a “multi-core processor” is a single component with two or more processors in it. The more multi-core processors you can make available to FileMaker Server, the bigger gain in performance you will see, assuming your server activity/traffic is significant.
Makes sense David, thank you. I would think that I may be getting up to 100 hundred users (maybe 25% concurrent at any time), however I would not be running the Filemaker server from the macbook, it would be running off a cloud based server system. Does that make a difference?
I always figure that its best to get the biggest, baddest system within reason given my limited budget. This is not so it can do well with FileMaker, but so I can hold off having to buy the next new computer as long as possible.