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Re: Is there ToNumber?

I had imagined that applying Real to the string would make it a
number, e.g. Real@@"1.2", but it doesn't work:

In[1]:= Head[Real @@ "1.2"]

Out[1]= String

Of course ToExpression works as intented:

In[2]:= Head[ToExpression@"1.2"]

Out[2]= Real

Why can't I simply change the head of a string by using Apply?

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