Word is that the group is more accessible, more responsive to inquiries, and seems to have added evangelists, not only to get the word out on Apple technologies, but to try and win deals with customers.
Personally, I would agree. My most recent experience with developer relations was in April after the changes were made to the WWDC conference program. Apple called (possibly too many times) to verify that I could reschedule and even compensated me for my trouble and expense by extending my developer program membership.
The financial part was nice, but the real win (in a situation that should have been fraught with angst due to the date change) was that I came away talking about how nicely they handled things.