Watch for iPhone 8 Media Invites
You'll know the iOS 11 release is close once Apple sends out media invites for its annual fall iPhone launch event.
iPhone 8 rumors put Apple's launch event in the month of September. iPhone 8 release date rumors suggest the company will put its three new iPhone models on sale sometime next month. The company typically starts taking pre-orders a few days after the announcement with the actual release coming a week after orders begin.
This event is significant for iOS 11 because it's where we'll almost certainly get the final information including a specific iOS 11 release date.
Apple almost always confirms the iOS release date on stage during its iPhone event and the release usually takes place a few days before new iPhones hit shelves.
If you're at all interested in the iOS 11 release date, be on the lookout for the media events and be sure to tune into the event's livestream.