Why is it redundant? Because while Spotlight Search is accessible via a tap on the new button, Spotlight Search also remains accessible via a swipe down on your home screen. And when it comes to UX, a tap and a swipe are largely similar in ergonomics, so the newfangled feature is pretty redundant.
How to disable the new Spotlight Search in iOS 16?
Fortunately, there is a way to disable the new Spotlight Search shortcut on iOS 16. It’s turned on by default, but a quick trip to your iPhone’s settings menu will have you turning it off in no time.
Here’s how to do that.
Take a look at this, a Spotlight Search shortcut right on our home screen. We will now disable it.
Go to Settings and then go to the Home screen menu. Turn off the Show Spotlight switch.
Voila, we’re done. The Spotlight search button is no longer on your home screen. Don’t worry, you can still access Spotlight Search by swiping down on your home screen.