I can definitely see his point. For me, the problem with smartphone cameras in general is also their biggest boon for most people. They tend to adjust white balance, colors, vibrance, contrast, etc, on the spot, making taking a decent, and quick and ready to share picture really easy, but also making changes you may not want in the process.
If you take a look at the images in this other article I found linked at the bottom of the initial one, you can see how the Pixel 7 compares to a professional Canon Mark VI. The Pixel 7 takes some pretty great pictures, and it’s only in certain circumstances that the Canon really outshines it, but in all of the pictures, the Canon took photos that are much more natural, and I suspect capture the true color tones and lighting of the shot. Google's Pixel 7 Pro Challenges My $10,000 DSLR Camera Gear - CNET
This bothers me because when I’m out and I see something I want to snap a picture of, a cool sunset, the way the light is reflecting through the trees behind my daughter when she’s reading, or some other interesting play of light and color, my Pixel 6 always “enhances” it and makes the colors richer, bolder, but more importantly, different than what I’m trying to capture. Then I have to try to edit it back to what I want. So instead I end up fiddling with the settings for the camera before I take the shot, only to have the Pixel’s algorithm somehow make adjustments anyway, sharpen edges, etc. As good as the Pixel 6 is at taking photos and self editing, it’s not perfect, and the camera app is actually behind some others that I have used. The manual controls give very little manual control and there is no “pro” mode that gives real control. My old Huawei Mate 20X actually had a pretty decent pro mode that gave me better control over the lighting and white balance, etc. IDK about how iPhones work, but I do feel like the progress towards letting the smartphone do all the work has meant a step back in the attempts to make a real professional camera for a phone. Most people don’t want or need it, so it’s the market that drives the technology. I don’t know that there’s an answer, but I do think the author is right, even if click-bait-y. Of course professional cameras aren’t going anywhere any time soon.
But also, yeah, I wish there were some sort of camera that was like a phone, but with a 5 inch sensor or so.