Search? Where the heck is the search?
“Swipe down from the top” – no, not quite the top. If you swipe down from the off-screen top you get the calendar. You have to be a couple millimeters onto the screen itself., and only on the home screen (one of the ones with all the apps on it). The swipe-from-way-top works in all apps, you get a little chevron (wide, shaft less arrow).
Swiping it again brings the panel.
Swiping up from off-screen bottom gets you the control center, with tunes, rotation, and utilities like camera, flashlight (on LED-equipped phones), and other common settings.