I have been trying to get this all straight in my head. Tell me if I am getting this or not. The Google Chromebook does not have traditional software. Instead it uses Apps, which are small chunks of software. Does that sound anywhere close?
Yes, you are correct. The apps I have installed seem even less "app like" than apps found for Android, as a comparison. To me, they really are more like applets that completely rely on the browser to run.
So what's the difference between Apple's apps for iPhone & iPad and these apps... just that these are specific to Chrome OS? Are we basically just swapping one OS for another but trying to have the same functionality?
Is this a PC vs. Mac rewrite to traditional PC/Mac local station vs. Chrome OS cloud computing?
Chrome OS is all cloud related. There is no offline mode at the moment and the apps available are limited but growing quickly. Judging the chromebook right now against itself in 6 months will be two entirely different things.