When I import photos, I no longer see the file renaming panel on the right side of the import window. Just "File Handling" and "Apply During Import." I have to import photos into the last folder I created before this broke, then when done importing, create a new folder, move the pictures I just imported to that new folder and rename them. I can't find any settings that let me fix this. I'm running Lightroom version 4.4 on a Mac Mini running 10.12.5.
LR 4 is quite old software so there could be an incompatibility caused by the update to the latest Mac OS.
Having said that have you tried copying the images directly into a folder, using Finder and a card reader, and renaming before import. Then bring the images into the LR Library from the permanent folder location using:
Import >> Add
Your suggestion about incompatibility with the latest Mac OS has some merit. I think the last time this worked properly was on an import before I upgraded the OS. Having said that, your workaround sounds do-able. Thank you.