So I updated my IPad this morning only to be confused as to how to find the search function. It could always be accessed previously by hitting the home button and swiping to the right which brought up the search function. A little clumsy but you get used to it.
Now it’s not there any more. Did a little research and although its not intuitive (Apple seems to be losing their touch on that front lately), it does work and is faster to get to in many cases.
All you have to to do is swipe DOWN anywhere on any home screen and that will expose the search box.
Hope this little tip helps!