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As noted by Workflow co-founder and developer Nick Frey, metal detectors are going up at WWDC ahead of today’s keynote, a first for Apple’s annual developers conference.

The last-minute security measure is apparently in response to the horrific terrorist attack which saw fifty people shot to death in a gay club in Orlando. Several Apple executives have acknowledged the tragedy on Twitter.

Apple CEO Tim cook wrote on Twitter that “Our hearts go out to the victims of the unspeakable tragedy in Orlando, their families and all who grieve with them.”

Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, sent out his “Thoughts and prayers for all dealing with tragedy in Orlando.”

Apple’s boss of environment policies and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, said on Twitter: “End hatred. Stop violence. I pray for peace for brothers and sisters in Florida who are the latest mass victims of both in the US.”

WWDC kicks off with a keynote at 10am.

Read our pre-WWDC roundup of everything we think might be introduced today.

Source: Twitter

  • Not to be pedantic but “more than a hundred people shot to death” is false.

    49 were killed with a further 53 injured.

  • Jason B

    More than 100? It was 49 the last I heard, not counting the gunman…

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      they were shot to death but only 49 died indeed.

      • Jason B

        “Shot to death” means the people died, otherwise it would be “shot to almost death.” I think the terminology is pretty clear. But obviously WWDC is more important at iDB right now, than to fix a grossly incorrect news article.

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel

        ok, maybe in that point you’re right. I still defer, mainly because in Spanish, the equivalent to this phrase means “Aimed to killed, but failed in the try”. Any way, I don’t think it’s ok to bash Christian the way you’re doing it, although I agree to this be corrected. 🙂

      • Jason B

        Ah, I can see the translation being an issue, but in English, that statement is pretty clear the people died.

        I like iDB, don’t have a problem with them at all, but a quick search turns up the correct results. If a journalist doesn’t know, or doesn’t want to research, then a more proper statement, especially when it isn’t really the topic of the article, might have been to just say that several people were shot and killed with many injured.

        I see it has been fixed now. Thank you.

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel

        Indeed you’re right 🙂

  • Ben Gareffa

    Please correct your cited facts… 100 people were not shot to death. I know you cover tech news, but it’s not right for any respectable news outlet to get a fact like that wrong in its article. Especially when it’s as highly publicized and obviously incorrect as this.

  • Julio Hernandez

    Glad they’re taking precautionary measures. You can never be too safe especially with deranged gun nuts.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    That’s Bill Graham? Looks like they started decorating today!!!

  • Jamessmooth

    This is a no brainer, regardless of what happened in Orlando. They should be doing this at all large apple events.