While we will add Android support to our project in later chapters, the majority of this book focuses on iOS development. In order to develop for iOS, you must have access to an Apple Mac computer capable of running Xcode 7 or later. Xcode is only necessary for building and testing React Native apps. You’re welcome to edit your code in any editor or IDE of your choosing.
In addition to Xcode, React Native requires a few other tools. These include Homebrew, Node.js (6.5.0 or later), npm (3.10.3 or later), Watchman, the React Native CLI, and Google Chrome for debugging. We’ll explain what all these tools are and how to install them in Chapter 2, Saying Hello World in React Native.
In Chapter 9, Refactoring for Android