Sorry, don't agree at all.
I read articles like this and I wonder what is going on. It sounds a lot like change for the sake of change and who needs all this in a phone. Most of us have tablets and some even portables or desktops we use at home. I don't need a curved phone or even a larger phone that I cannot get into a pocket. I have an iPhone 5. It's a great size, nearly indestructible, and exceptionally sharp and easy to use. I am hoping, and others that I know are hoping, that Apple does not succumb to the media hype about making the iPhone larger. I think sales tell us that many like its size. It fits places. For larger I have an iPad. I could even buy an iPad mini. I search the web on it, I use the kindle reader and I say "Navigate to" and it takes me there. I can even use it as a backup marine navigation device.
I think the majority of phone improvements can come in software to include, but not limited to, better navigation, better voice recognition and refinements in the user interface. Perhaps a mini USB in the phone as well as the tablet would be nice as well. There is still room for improved tablet, phone, and Computer (meaning OSX and Windows) integration. I changed from Android to Apple a while back and I am loving the App, bookmark and photo synchronization between devices. However, it still needs to be better.
When I get down to serious work, it's great to go upstairs and use my Mac Air connected to a USB dock with Bluetooth mouse and keyboard and revel in an operating system that supports multiple windows on my Thunderbolt 27" monitor. As an aside, this is another reason Widows 8 is failing. Who wants a phone operating system on a machine with a keyboard, mouse and 27" monitor? . Full screen apps are like going backwards in time. This is also why Windows 8 cannot crack the corporate environment. One device or one operating system for all is not the best solution for a larger percentage of the user base.
I think the media is so techy that they have totally spaced out a lot of us. Hardware manufacturers want to sell hardware so it is there advantage to change things that may not need change to sell new hardware. Phones have evolved at lightning speed and it is natural for change to become more incremental at some point.