Suffix() returns Array but prefix() does not?

I am a bit puzzled and wonder if anybody here know why this is the case.

According to the documentation, Array functions suffix(Int) and prefix(Int) both returns ArraySlice. By accident I found out that suffix(Int) can actually return Array also.

Why is that?

struct Poc {
    let x: Int
    let y: Int

let x: [Poc] = [
    .init(x: 1, y: 1),
    .init(x: 2, y: 2),
    .init(x: 3, y: 3),
    .init(x: 4, y: 4),

// Compiles and runs fine
let a: [Poc] = x.suffix(2)

// Does not compile
let b: [Poc] = x.prefix(2)
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This API produces an array rather than something like SuffixSequence<Self> because it has to traverse the sequence to find its end, at which point it might not be able to traverse it again.