IOS 7 removes the search screen left of the home screen without replacing it. Why?!

One of my pre-IOS7 reveal desires was to replace the virtually useless search screen that is to the left of the homescreen. I NEVER use this function. I called for it to be moved to the notification bar and Apple did that in a really neat way. I doubt I'll use the function, but at least there isn't an entire screen dedicated to it anymore. My problem is that Apple did not do something with this space. It is non-existent. There is clearly room to implement something new. They could have done anything. News/social feed, widgets, etc. It really bugs me that they just deleted the entire area. It is now un-used, dead space. Does this bother any of you?