In Terminal.app, I issue the following commands:

cd /Applications

It lists many, but not all, of the apps that the Finder sees. The ones it appears to omit are all Apple, but it doesn't omit all Apple apps.

I've gone to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy and enabled Full Disk Access for sh and for Terminal.app. It does not change the behavior.

I've overridden the default zsh in favor of bash, but switching to zsh does not change the behavior.

Can anyone explain this or at least corroborate?

I'm running MacOS 12.2.1.

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Applications in Finder is a mix of read only apps and user space apps - terminal is not wrong, but Finder and graphical applications mix both so you see a unified folder when on disk there is not one folder that contains both sets of applications stored in two folders beneath /System

Do you see all apps you expect from this command?

ls /Applications /System/Applications
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    And every user has their separate Applications folder, too (~/Applications). So the complete list might be ls /Applications ~/Applications /System/Applications.
    – Melonee
    Commented Mar 2, 2022 at 0:53

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